LIBERTY – For every good play Rock Bridge made, there was a bad one.
Trailing 20-14 at the end of the third quarter with the ball on the Liberty 9-yard line, quarterback Logan Gray threw an interception at the goal line on second down.
The Bruins lost 32-14 to Liberty on Friday at Norris Patterson Field on the campus of William Jewell College.
Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile said playing the Blue Jays (3-0) was a chance to see how his team measured up against a quality opponent.
“Overall, we’ve got to get tougher as a team,” Ofodile said. “We’ve got to step up to the challenge and be physical and understand that it doesn’t always feel good. Sometimes some of the hits hurt. Sometimes it’s a physical game.”
Trailing 20-6 after the first half, Rock Bridge (2-1) began to pass every down. The Blue Jays’ defensive line put plenty of pressure on Gray, forcing him to throw a season-high four interceptions.
Ofodile said Rock Bridge will need to get stronger mentally to help give Gray time.
“You get one break down here, one break down there and you end up getting pressure,” Ofodile said. “We had guys that would make mental errors and miss an assignment. It takes away that opportunity for big plays.”
Gray completed 15-of-39 passes for 254 yards. He rushed for a Bruins touchdown on their opening drive and completed a 36-yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Prinard Blackis four interceptions hampered his performance, though.
“I tried to make some throws that weren’t there,” Gray said.