On the first Friday football game of October, the Bruins walked onto the chilly field for an expectedly contested home game against the undefeated Liberty High School Blue Jays (LHS). With the odds questionable, the Bruins fought their best but ultimately lost against the Blue Jays in a game sprinkled with minor but unfixable mistakes.
Seconds into the first quarter, LHS challenged the Bruins with a touchdown.
The Bruins started the game in a tight spot, as junior quarterback Nathan Dent and senior running back Bryce Jackson repeatedly tried to start Jackson’s running game, but LHS had already started a rushing tactic.The consistent use of the offensive line by Liberty set up additional struggles. The end of the first quarter finished with LHS leading with a score of 14-0.
RBHS head coach Van Vanetta said that the team made errors early in the game. These were hard to fix later as Liberty had the advantage of a strong offense.
“We didn’t come to play in the first quarter and made some mistakes that Liberty was able to capitalize [on],” Vanatta said. “We have to learn to play to a complete game.”
“We are 4-2 and have done a lot of good things. The key is to enjoy the moment.”
Sophomore kicker Jack Bower said the game could have gone better if RBHS had fixed little errors to try to catch up with the Blue Jays. He is intent, however, on the team pulling through the rest of the season.
“If we cleaned up, then the game could’ve been a lot closer … just the way we reacted and responded to the mistakes could’ve been better,” Bower said. “I think our goals are to just win out. We have two Columbia school opponents coming up, so two wins would be big.”
With six minutes and 52 seconds left in the second quarter, Dent made RBHS’ first touchdown of the game by utilizing the team’s blockers and scored another touchdown with four minutes and 58 seconds left. By the end of the second half, Liberty was still leading 28-14.
RBHS continued to try to catch up to Liberty’s running back in the third quarter as the Blue Jays consistently scored. Dent made his third rushing touchdown of the night by outrunning Liberty’s safety at 10 minutes and two seconds left of the third quarter. Jackson was able to finally find space and make his first touchdown with three minutes and 50 seconds left of the third quarter, which ended with a score of 42-28.
In the end, RBHS wasn’t able to maneuver around Liberty’s tactics and lost 52-28. Their next game is Friday, Oct. 9 against the Battle High School Spartans.
“We are 4-2 and have done a lot of good things,” Vanatta said. “The key is to enjoy the moment.”
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