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St. Mary’s at Rock Bridge: SportsZone Football Friday Game of the Week preview

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The Rock Bridge Bruins are welcoming the St. Mary's Dragons to Columbia on Friday night for Week 6 of the high school football season. Rock Bridge holds a 3-2 record heading into this contest.

The Bruins and the Dragons are our KZOU game of the week. You can watch the game live on KZOU over the air channel 17.3 at 7 p.m. Here is a look at other local listings:

  • DirecTV - channel 18
  • Dish Network - channel 32
  • Mediacom - channel 12, 709
  • Centurylink - channel 12
  • Spectrum - channel 183

The game will also stream on our website.

Rock Bridge is looking to capture a bounce back win after losing to Helias 20-10 last week. After that loss, the Crusaders are now the only remaining CMAC team with an undefeated record in conference play entering Week 6.

"I think initially it was tough. One of our main goals that we write down to win the conference seems to be taken away, so it's hard to swallow that pill and to realize there's more to what we're doing," Matt Perkins, Rock Bridge's head football coach, said. "Luckily, we've got a good group of upperclassmen that kind of understand the process is just as important as the outcome."

The Bruins have many great athletes on both sides of the ball. On offense, Brady Davidson and Devin Holt have become a strong quarterback-wide receiver duo.

"Devin is an elite football player. He's really cerebral in how he sets up his breaks and his cuts. He's not a static football player. He's not going to run in straight lines. He does a lot of things really well that probably go unnoticed," Perkins said. "I think he's got a lot of trust from Brady, and when the ball needs to get somewhere to make a big play, he's a good one to go to."

The Bruin defense has also strung together some great performances over the first five weeks of the season, holding opponents to an average of 17.6 points per game.

"Coach Smith has done a really good job being aggressive and getting those guys to fly around," Perkins said. "He's got them playing really hard. You got athletes everywhere."

St. Mary's, from St. Louis County, enters this game with a 2-3 record, but the Dragons have won two of their last three games, including a 60-8 victory over Duchesne last week. Perkins said there are several things the Bruins will have to do to earn a win on Friday.

"Playing cleaner, being good in all three phases of the game, not just defensively or offensively, but special teams needs to do their part. I think handling their team speed. St. Mary's has a lot of speed that they are going to throw at us, kind of different from what we've seen so far this year."

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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