In what quickly turned into a blowout, Rockhurst football beat Rock Bridge 49-14 last night. The story throughout the game was the dominant performance of Rockhurst starting quarterback senior TJ Green, who had 200 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.
Rockhurst struck early and fast, scoring 28 points by the end of the first quarter. With just 37 seconds left, Green connected to senior Lance Boehm for a 67-yard touchdown.
From the starting whistle, the Rock Bridge Bruins looked sluggish and disorganized. A pair of fumbled snaps, an interception and a fumble were emblematic of the greater disorganization plaguing the high-powered team, which features players committed to Oregon, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
The Bruins were able to prevent a shutout, scoring in the second quarter, but missing the two-point conversion that followed.
In a quick response, Green found Boehm again on a 23-yard pass to make the score 42-6.
Much of the Bruin’s difficulty on offense was due to dominant performances on defense by Rockhurst seniors Patrick Thomas and Will Bazzle, who shut down Rock Bridge’s senior Alex Ofodile, the third-ranked wide receiver in the country.
Junior AJ Taylor scored the final Rockhurst touchdown with 4:02 left in the third quarter, bringing the score to 49-6.
With six minutes left in the game, Bruins quarterback Logan Twehous finally found Ofodile in the end zone for both a touchdown and a two-point conversion, making the final score 49-14.
Still, Rockhurst players see the possibility for improvement.
“That was just one game,” Patrick Thomas said. “So, we have to make sure it doesn’t go right to our heads. Even though we won, we have a lot of work to do.”