The Rock Bridge Bruins needed to bounce back in a big way from a 32-14 loss to Liberty.
Sophomore running back Scott Concannon did his part to ensure they did.
On the last play of the second quarter, Concannon caught a pass from quarterback Logan Gray, cut across the field and found the end zone, completing a drive that required only one play and covered 96 yards.
The Bruins beat the Hannibal Pirates 28-16.
Concannon’s touchdown gave the Bruins an 18-point lead at the half that Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile said was a comfortable margin.
“In the end, I think that was pretty much the backbreaker in the game,” Ofodile said. “Scott gave us that margin that we needed.”
Senior Demond Thorpe did plenty to help out as well.
With 2:50 left in the first quarter, Thorpe pounced on a ball that Hannibal running back Matt Warfield fumbled. On the ensuing drive, he caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Gray, which put Rock Bridge on the scoreboard just 33 seconds into the second quarter.
But Thorpe wasn’t done yet.
With 1:18 remaining in the half, he caught his second touchdown of the game, an 18-yard pass from Gray.
“He’s a solid weapon that we can go to in crunch situations,” Ofodile said. “He continues to come up with big plays, and so, you know, he’s the guy we rely on to do that for us.”
Warfield fumbled four times in the game and was unable to find the end zone for Hannibal. Junior Josh Bennett and sophomore Jacob Saxton each had rushing touchdowns for the Pirates, whose only other score was a successful field goal from junior Logan Taylor on their opening drive.
Junior Mark Laney ran in the Bruins’ final score of the night with 41.9 seconds left in the third quarter. The touchdown was his first of the season.
Rock Bridge won’t have much time to celebrate. Next up is the Webb City Cardinals, a team ranked no. 1 in class 4.
“We can’t let this win to go anybody’s head,” Thorpe said. “We’re already kind of zoned in on Webb City. Hopefully we’ll come out focused and do what we’ve got to do to come out with the win.”