Football prepares to snare Jays


Junior linebacker David Gysber battles the Lee’s Summit West Titans to keep possession of the ball at the Sept. 14 RBHS home game. Photo by Maya Bell.

Isaac Parrish

In the midst of a rollercoaster [3-2] record, the game tomorrow at Jefferson City (JCHS) may be the opportunity the Bruins need to pull together.
“We’ve done well; however, I don’t believe we have been as good as we wanted to be,” wide-receiver senior Wyatt Towe said. “We’ve won some big games and lost some big games.”
Center senior DJ Baker agrees with Towe and said there have been moments of greatness as well as moments where the team has questioned what it was even doing.
“As a team we need to improve on consistency and discipline,” Baker said. “We have gotten better with those two things, but we still need to have it at a higher level.”
To beat the Jays, senior left guard Mason Boussad said the Bruins should keep doing what they are best at: giving the playmakers their opportunities, thanks to the rest of the team’s support.
“[There’s] a lot of just making sure me and [junior quarterback] Grant [Hajicek] are on the same page and that when he throws me the ball, he knows I’ll catch it and go make a play for him,” Towe said. “None of that happens without the offensive line. They are what gives him the chance to throw the ball to me. As a team, we gotta play for each other and not for ourselves.”
The Bruins’ hard effort has been apparent in the eyes of Head Coach Van Vanatta. Although, he doesn’t deny that players have made mistakes attempting to follow the team’s routine.
“In the first four games we’ve shot ourselves in the foot,” Vanatta said. “[We’ve moved] the ball, driven the ball, completed some passes, set some touchdown passes and some big touchdown runs, but if you look at [the game against Lee’s Summit West] for example, I think we had three holding calls, killed tries [and] three turnovers, so you know, you don’t do those things, it could’ve been a different outcome.”
Boussad said none of the seniors have beaten JCHS in the capitol city for as long as they’ve attended RBHS. This serves as a motivator to do differently this time.
“We beat them last year while we were at home,” Boussad said. “But there’s a different feeling when you go somewhere and beat them [on their home field].”