Rock Bridge had dominated its previous competition, but Jefferson City was not about to let the Bruins crash its Homecoming celebration.
The Jays fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter at Adkins Stadium on Friday night, but they had an opportunity to even the score in the second half. They blocked Brandon Gerau’s 27-yard field goal attempt and had the ball down 28-21.
The Jays quickly fumbled away their chance to tie the game. Running back Aaron Terrill couldn’t handle quarterback Tyler Padgett’s option pitch on the second play of the ensuing drive. Rock Bridge defensive end Jeremy Guier recovered the fumble on the Jefferson City 13-yard line.
Quarterback Logan Gray scored three plays later. The score was 35-21.
The Jays did not muster another push, losing 49-28.
The Bruins (5-0) had not been challenged in the second half all season. The Class 6 No. 1 team had easily defeated its first four opponents, securing victories by the third quarter.
Jefferson City (2-3) would not let that happen. The red-and-white clad crowd waved its rally towels as Jays defensive back Steve Sellers returned Gray’s second interception 66 yards for a touchdown, cutting the deficit to 28-21 early in the third quarter.
Rock Bridge’s subsequent drive stalled in the red zone. The Bruins lined up for a field goal. The snap was high, and Gerau’s kick was blocked.
Then the Bruins struck back, recovering Terrill’s fumble and regaining control of the game.
Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile was proud of the way the team reacted.
“There were a whole lot of opportunities to tank it,” he said. “But the guys played harder when the adversity came.”
The game was similar to the Bruins’ first four contests in the first quarter. Rock Bridge scored on its opening drive and capitalized on two Jays’ turnovers to take a 21-0 lead.
The Jays’ running game responded, capping two long drives with touchdowns in the second quarter to get to within 14 at halftime.
Rock Bridge running back Scott Concannon led the Bruins with 20 carries for 198 yards and four touchdowns.
Gray was 7-of-15 for 135 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions and ran the ball 10 times for 95 yards and a touchdown.