Bruins build 51-point lead, breeze to 58-30 victory over Crusaders

Helias fell to Rock Bridge 58-30 on Homecoming. (Josh Kurelac/KRCG13)

JEFFERSON CITY--- The schedule said Saturday night's game was homecoming for Helias.

Of course it was --- but this entire season has been homecoming for Helias, not just one game. The Crusaders, after all, were coming home after more than a 60-year road trip.

Win or lose, 2017 will be remembered for the opening Ray Hentges Stadium at the Helias Athletic Complex, a splendid, $13 million grand jewel --- not only for this school, but for this city.

A thing of beauty.

Never forget that. Because Saturday night's actual homecoming football game was, well ... let's just say it wasn't much of a crown jewel for the home team.

The Rock Bridge Bruins had their way with the Crusaders from the opening kickoff, building a 51-point lead after three quarters and breezing to a 58-30 win before a big, quiet crowd at Hentges Stadium.

Don't let the final score fool you, it wasn't that close.

Playing under the watchful eye of Missouri head coach Barry Odom --- for what that's worth --- Rock Bridge led 17-0 after one quarter, 45-7 at the half and 58-7 entering the fourth.

When the game was clearly decided in the first half, the Bruins outgained the Crusaders 295-97 --- and 62 of those yards for Helias came on one big run by Blake Veltrop.

The Bruins (6-1, No. 10 Class 6) are bigger, stronger and faster than the Crusaders (3-4). And when one team can check all three of those boxes, you end up with a mismatch.

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