Starting out a season with an upset is usually a great way to start the season unless you’re on the losing side of it. Rock Bridge was able to extract revenge from the season opening loss last year to Rockhurst. Now the Hawklets are fighting an uphill battle going into the home opener, on short rest against a well rested Blue Springs South team. We caught up with seniors Davion Price and Jacob Sykes to ask them about the team and what their expectations are for the season.
With the opening of the new field house, the game being televised, and an expectation of a win, the pressure is already there. “We are definitely excited to get back out there and compete to prove to everyone and ourselves how good this team is. We can’t give up our goals just because of one loss, no one successful has done that,” said senior Davion Price. He’s right, the 14’-15’ season had a bad loss thanks to Webb City in the home opener, and that team was still able to make it to the state championship game.
When asked what one of the differences between this team and previous ones, senior Jacob Sykes noted the height on the offensive line. “This is one of the biggest offensive lines we’ve had in awhile with senior Jack Murphy on one end a 6’9” and junior Danielson Ike on the other side at 6’6”, that’s already some height.” Games have always been won in the trenches, and this offensive line might be the deciding thing between the success and failure of the team.
With only one game played, it’s too early to tell, but if Jacob Sykes and Davion Price are right about the team’s mentality and desire to win, this is only the beginning of the good times to come.