Varsity soccer beats Rock Bridge 5-1

Final Score: Rockhurst 5, Rockbridge 1

Winning their second regular season match against Columbia Rock Bridge by a score of 5 to 1, the Rockhurst Hawklets have begun the season with two consecutive wins.

After a slow offensive start with little possession and almost no shots on goal, the Hawklets found life when senior Jordan Evans was able to find the net with the help of a throw in from senior Matthew Martel. The Hawklets gained momentum. “Once we began winning our restarts and controlling the ball, we were able to get the offense going,” senior mid-fielder Robert DeWitt said.

Another goal was tacked on with a header from junior Keaton Schieffer off a throw in from Martel, taking the Hawklets to halftime with a 2, nil lead over Rockbridge.

Unlike the start of the match, Rockhurst came out of half time with total ball control and offensive domination. The offensive pressure allowed for another Hawklet goal from junior Cole McLagan on an assist from senior Robert DeWitt.

Except for a quick run by Rockbridge which resulted in a near goal, the ball deflecting off of the goal post, Rockhurst was in total control of the second half. Adding to the lead, junior Keaton Scheiffer was fouled in the box and converted a penalty kick, putting the Hawklets up 4, nil.

In the 71st minute of the game, Rock Bridge was finally able to put together an offensive push and score their first goal of the game. Rockhurst quickly countered with another offensive drive culminating in a goal scored by senior Robert DeWitt, securing a victory for Hawklets.

The Hawklets will play Raymore Peculiar at home Tuesday at 7:30.

Rockhurst football beats Rock Bridge 49-14 in season opener

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.”

 

Varsity Soccer: Game One Recap

Final Score: Rockhurst 1, Pembroke 0.

The Rockhurst High School varsity soccer team won its first regular season game Friday night, beating Pembroke Hill by a score of one, nil.

Led by seniors Eric Smith, Ryan Lewis, Jordan Evans, Robert Dewitt and Matthew Martel, the Hawklet starting lineup took the field with energy, ready to open the season. Both teams’ initial passing game was rough around the edges and led to poor possession on both sides of the ball in the opening minutes.

Quickly adjusting, the Hawklets began to dominate possession and seldom found the ball in defensive territory for long. Key to the Hawklets’ early possession control and defensive success was senior Eric Smith, whose presence as a defensive midfielder was often the cause of possession shifts in Rockhurst’s favor.

The half progressed, and Rockhurst’s aggressively offensive approach led to many goal scoring opportunities, but no tangible results on the scoreboard. Rockhurst’s inability to capitalize on Pembroke defensive mistakes resulted in a scoreless first half.

The second half began, and with it came a more aggressive Pembroke offense. Rockhurst sophomore goalie Nick Moyer executed a potentially game changing save ten minutes into the second half.

The fire was not lost for Rockhurst, however, and the Hawklets were finally able to capitalize on an opportunity with 27 minutes left in the half. The goal was scored by junior Alex Siro.

The second half then followed a pattern relatively similar to the first half. Rockhurst consistently maintained possession and accounted for missed scoring opportunities with reliable defense.

Of the 28 shots taken by Rockhurst, 11 were on goal. Only Siro’s shot found the back of the net, but one goal was enough to earn the Hawklets a victory to begin the season.

While Rockhurst’s victory was well-earned, both players and coaches recognize the need for improvement. “We’re still trying to find where players fit,” Mr. Mike Wickenhauser, Assistant Varsity Coach, said. “We did not finish very well, obviously, but the next part is to look and see where we can improve, and each player gave us something to build on.”

The Hawklets play again at home Saturday, August 23, against Columbia Rock Bridge.

Varsity Football: Week One Preview

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It seems as though the conversations surrounding Rockhurst football are the same at the beginning of every season. “Have you seen that schedule? It seems like it gets harder every year.”

This year is no exception, and if it seems like the team’s schedule has been getting harder by the year, well, thats because it has.

During a year in which Rockhurst’s schedule is packed by two powerhouses from the football-crazed state of Arkansas (Bentonville and Springdale Har-Ber), a team that has gone 133-5 over the past decade (Webb City), and two other perennial KC-area state championship challengers (Blue Springs and Blue Springs South), some of the team’s toughest competition will actually come in week one, against Columbia Rock Bridge.

Rock Bridge made it to the Missouri Class 6A state championship last season, only to lose to undefeated Blue Springs. Like Rockhurst, the core of Rock Bridge’s explosive offense from last season returns.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Columbia Rock Bridge High School Columbia, Missouri

Last Season: Rockhurst over Rock Bridge 47-28 @ Rockhurst

Preseason State Ranking (according to maxpreps.com): Rockhurst: #4, Rock Bridge: #3

Key Matchups:

Rock Bridge’s Logan Twehous and Alex Ofodile vs. Rockhurst’s secondary

It’s no secret who the Bruins look for on offense. Senior wide receiver Alex Ofodile, son of the  Rock Bridge head coach, is one of the top recruits at his position in the country and is headed to Oregon next year. He is figured to be the centerpiece of the Bruin offense and stopping him will be one of the Hawklet’s main objectives on defense.

Senior quarterback Logan Twehous returns a year after throwing for 3,500 yards, roughly a third of them to Ofodile.

For the Hawklets to have success, they will either have to slow down the Bruin’s potent passing attack or turn a Rock Bridge mistake in the passing game into a big play.

Rock Bridge’s front seven vs. Rockhurst’s rushing attack

Rock Bridge had quite a bit of success scoring points last year, but not much in preventing them. The Bruins gave up nearly 30 points per game last season including their run to the state semifinals.

The Hawklets beat Rock Bridge last season by rushing for 256 yards and six touchdowns, and just half of that production in tonight’s game would go a long way for the team. A strong rushing attack is especially important in slowing down the pace of a team like Rock Bridge that will try to speed up the tempo of the game.

Rockhurst returns its leading rusher from last year, senior Kiah Kintchen, who will likely split some of the load with speedy junior AJ Taylor. Watch for senior quarterback TJ Green to pick up some yards on the ground as well, with well-timed scrambles, as he has shown he is capable of doing in the past. Green ran for two touchdowns against the Bruins last season.

Bottom Line

Ultimately, playing a tough schedule is what you want if you are a team like Rockhurst that has state title aspirations every year. Playing top tier competition from week one should give the Hawklets’ somewhat inexperienced defense the ability to assess what they have and get up to speed with the type of high-end athletes that they will be facing all year.

If Rockhurst can control the ball for big chunks of time using the running game and force Rock Bridge’s passing attack to throw an interception or two, as they did in the game last season, the Hawklets will be well on their way to a solid, resume-building win in Week One.

Make sure to follow @RHSprepnews for live-tweet updates of the game, and check back on the site tonight for a recap by Executive Editor Zach Klamann.

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