Sophomore Scott Concannon could get used to playing on his home field.
With a 14-0 lead and the ball on his own 1-yard line, Concannon took the hand -off from his quarterback, broke a few tackles, and ran 99 yards to the end zone.
Three weeks ago at home against Hannibal, he caught a screen pass and ran it 96 yards for the score.
“I guess it’s the home crowd atmosphere that gives me my power to run,” Concannon said.
The 31-13 victory gave Rock Bridge its second consecutive win over Helias, which had a seven-game winning streak against Rock Bridge before A.J. Ofodile took over as head coach.
“We felt like now it was our time to try and build on a streak and try to establish something,” Ofodile said. “It doesn’t feel good to be on the bad end of a rivalry like that and we had been for a long time. It was an important game for us and we always want to make sure we hold up our end of the bargain.”
Concannon scored two more touchdowns, one on the opening drive and one early in the fourth quarter to help the Bruins improve to 5-2.
Quarterback Logan Gray rushed for a 6-yard touchdown with 4:34 remaining in the second quarter and Tanner Mills kicked a 36-yard field goal on the Bruins’ final drive of the game.
Dropped passes and fumbles plagued the Bruins early in the contest.
On third down and 19 from Rock Bridge’s own 21-yard line, Gray aired a pass to Brandon Gerau, who gained 68 yards before fumbling the possession away in the second quarter.
But the Bruins’ defense made up for the mistake, stopping the Crusaders on their ensuing drive and forcing a punt. Gerau returned the punt to the Helias two-yard line, eventually leading to the Bruins’ second touchdown of the night.
The Crusaders (2-5) were held scoreless until late in the third quarter when senior quarterback Jason Stonner completed an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Eric Borman.
Senior fullback Blake Schrimpf scored the only other Helias touchdown with 16.4 seconds left in the game.