Bruins misfire against Blue Jays

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.

Kewpies shut out Patriot offense

Hickman bounced back from its first loss of the season and made a statement Friday night at Parkway South.

The Kewpies beat the Patriots 44-0, dominating on special teams and defense.

Teammates and country-mates

From stacks of bread and butter to squirrels jumping out of trees, the friendship between Shen Danru and Na Yang has covered thousands of miles.

Shen and Na are talented teammates and outside hitters on the Missouri volleyball team, and both are from China. Shen, an All-Big 12 Conference player last year, had 4.3 kills per game this year, and Na, a freshman, has 3.1 kills per game as of last week’s Tiger Invitational.

Tigers up to the task

It took Missouri one drive to shake off the aftereffects from its loss to Troy.

Starting from the Tigers’ 20-yard line, running back Damien Nash carried for no gain. Quarterback Brad Smith hit Thomson Omboga for 2 yards. Smith scrambled left for 5 yards, then Brock Harvey punted.

Tigers gain confidence on defense

After a shaky opening game performance against Arkansas State, Missouri’s defense improved against Troy. The Tigers defensive play continued to get better Saturday during Missouri’s 48-0 win against Ball State.

The Cardinals received the opening kickoff and quickly moved the ball to midfield, gaining two quick first downs. Once Ball State reached midfield, though, the Missouri (2-1) defense stiffened and forced the first of 10 Reggie Hodges punts.

Highs and lows

Omboga returning punts: Thomson Omboga returned a punt 49 yards in the first quarter to spark the Tigers. After a sluggish first offensive series, Omboga’s return gave Missouri excellent field position on Ball State’s 33. The drive ended in a 20-yard Joe Tantarelli field goal for the first score of the game.

Missouri turns around 2nd-quarter production

In the first two games this season, the second quarter was a great time for opponents to make up ground against Missouri.

Arkansas State and Troy combined to outscore Missouri 27-14 in the second with the Tigers giving up the lead against Troy that they would not get back. The Trojans scored 17 of their 24 points in the second quarter on Sept. 9 in the Tigers only loss of the season.

At home on base

Thousands grow up dreaming of turning their childhood games into big-timecareers.

Jayce Tingler, former Missouri Tiger and Smithville native, isn’t there yet, but he’s on his way.

Leaps of faith

Sitting in his Columbia living room as a 12-year-old, B.J. Wolters made a life decision. He had just witnessed his first skydive on a television show, and immediately the pre-teen knew he had found his calling.

“It just looked so awesome and fun,” Wolters says. “I knew I had to try it.”

Bruins stumble on interceptions

For every good play by the Rock Bridge Bruins, there was a bad one.

Quarterback Logan Gray ran for a touchdown on the opening drive of the first quarter and in the third threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Prinard Black. But Gray also was responsible for four interceptions.

Sesay motivated to prove himself

A shortened 2003 season left Victor Sesay with something to prove this year. So far he has made his point.

The senior tight end has had the biggest influence on the team through the first two games and should remain an important receiving option for quarterback Brad Smith throughout the season.

Leading by example

After spending three years working to become a Missouri Tiger, Beau Viehmann earned his teammates’ respect through hard work and determination in his first two seasons as a Tiger.

That work paid off when his teammates named him as a team captain during the spring alongside Brad Smith, James Kinney and Atiyyah Ellison.

Taking time for talent to mature

When Martin Rucker started at tight end for Missouri against Arkansas State, he did so with no previous experience.

Although some might succumb to nervousness in their first college game, Rucker played undaunted, scoring a touchdown on the first pass thrown to him.

Defensive Double Team

When Xzavie Jackson first arrived at Missouri’s 2003 preseason practices, he was a nuisance.

“Almost all freshmen have a big head. I’m not going to lie,” Jackson said. “I had kind of a big head when I came in here, and if you’re already in the program, you’re going to think, ‘This freshman isn’t going to do what he says.’”

Ball State QB part of family

There would have been some tense moments at home if Ball State quarterback Joey Lynch had chosen another school.

Bill Lynch, Joey Lynch’s father and former Ball State coach, recruited his son out of Delta High in Muncie, Ind., to join older brother Billy as the third member of the family to be part of the Cardinals’ football program.

Football preparations a team effort

ASHLAND — Volunteers are working overtime to prepare for Southern Boone High School’s first home varsity football game tonight.

At 7 p.m., the Eagles (0-2) kick off against Missouri Military Academy in the small town 10 miles south of Columbia.

Tigers stew over loss, look ahead

Because Missouri previously played Thursday, it has had an extra two days to let the sick feeling of loss sink in.

“It won’t be gone for me until I get another win, beat another team,” wide receiver Thomson Omboga said. “I would think about it all week.”

Worley, Kewps earn rare win

Hickman pitcher Stefani Worley has learned to appreciate a victory because they haven’t been coming too often.

Hickman entered Tuesday night’s game against Rock Bridge with a 1-10 record, but after a strong offensive outburst, doubled its season win total with a 6-4 victory at Rock Bridge Field.

Bruins aim to limit stellar Jays offense

The Rock Bridge Bruins have more than one quarterback to worry about when they play the Liberty Blue Jays at William Jewell College at 7 tonight.

They have to worry about two.

Nesbitts share football love

At the end of his sophomore year, Ryan Nesbitt knew he desperately wanted to get on the field wearing a varsity uniform but wasn’t quite sure how that would ever happen.

Lacking the blazing speed of a cornerback or the brute strength of a middle linebacker, Nesbitt needed to find some other way to earn a starting spot. He sought out the nearest advicehe could.