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Bruins triumph against Hannibal

Sunday, September 26, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:51 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Fans who bought a $5 pumpkin at the Rock Bridge football game Friday night got it delivered to their car at no extra charge.

Rock Bridge sophomore Scott Concannon made another sort of delivery.

Leading 14-3 with the clock stopped and the ball on his own 4-yard line, Bruins’ quarterback Logan Gray went to the sidelines for advice.

Coach A.J. Ofodile asked Gray if he wanted to try a screen pass to Concannon. Gray said he did, and ran to the huddle to report the decision to his teammates.

With Gray’s short pass nestled in his hands, Concannon turned and ran to the right side.

The Bruins’ fans were silent, believing that the play was designed to run out the remaining seconds on the clock.

That’s when Concannon delivered.

He cut across the field and took off hard to the left and had only one man to beat.

The Rock Bridge crowd became a bit louder.

Brandon Gerau, a Bruins’ wide receiver, threw a block that cleared the way for Concannon, who ran 96-yards to the end zone to give the Bruins a 21-3 lead at the half.

The Rock Bridge faithful were silent no more.

“All of a sudden I saw a bunch of clear,” Concannon said. “I felt like I was in a track race to the end zone.”

Concannon said the play was designed to try and get away from his own goal line and prevent a safety, but he was glad that it resulted in a touchdown, his only one of the night.

“Once Scott got the ball, he made a great play,” Gray said. “He cut it back across the field, which was just a really great vision by him, and he just outran everybody else from there. I thought it was a really good play.”

Ofodile said Concannon’s touchdown gave the Bruins’ a comfortable lead at the half.

“Scotty came out and had a lot of desire,” he said. “He really wanted to make things happen.”

WHAT’S NEXT

The celebration won’t last long for the Bruins; they be back on the practice field next week to prepare for a road game against Webb City.

John Roderiq coaches the Cardinals, who are ranked No. 1 in Class 4 and are an early favorite to win a state championship.

“They probably can line up and play with anybody in any class and beat a lot of people in any class,” Ofodile said. “It’s a big time opponent. And it’s going to be in a big time atmosphere, and we have to get better.”

While Rock Bridge improved to 3-1 on Friday, Webb City beat the Nevada Tigers 70-6 at home.

“Webb City is definitely not any joke,” Gray said. “They are a really, really good football team. We have to play a lot better than we played tonight.”

Hannibal held Rock Bridge scoreless until the second quarter in Friday’s game. Ofodile said his team cannot afford to do that against the Cardinals.

“Coming out from the gate, we slept-walked through the first quarter,” he said. “We can’t do that against Webb City for sure. We’ve got to grow up real quick.”

Scott Thompson, a member of the Rock Bridge student cheering section called the Bru Crew, said he expects to make the 270-plus-mile trip to Webb City for the Bruins’ next game.

“We’ve got to support our team. They need us out there,” he said.

THE REACTION

Against Liberty, Concannon struggled to find holes for the Bruins and carried just six times.

On Friday, Gray handed the ball to Concannon 16 times. He had no trouble finding room and gave the Bruins good field position all night.

“His production is going to dictate how many (carries) he’s got,” Ofodile said. “Bottom line, he broke a ton of tackles; he got extra yards. So we felt good about just going ahead and keep on giving it to him.”

Concannon gained 148 yards on 16 carries.

“That’s good to know that he can trust me,” Concannon said. “If me and the line are working together and they keep producing holes, I’ll keep producing yards.”

Although Concannon’s 96-yard touchdown reception overshadowed it, senior Demond Thorpe made a diving catch in the end zone for Rock Bridge’s second score of the night.

“At first, it looked like it was clearly out of reach,” Thorpe said. “For some reason I started getting more underneath it, so I just kind of dove out there.”

Thorpe said the team needs to focus on the next challenge.

“We can’t let this win go to anybody’s head,” he 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.”


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