Redmen roll past Pointers
By JIM WALKER
Tribune Sports Editor
PEDRO — The Rock Hill Redmen were a picture of efficiency.
The Redmen ran just 37 plays but amassed 518 total yards en route to a 61-8 win over the South Point Pointers in an Ohio Valley Conference game on Friday.
Rock Hill ran 29 times for 293 yards — more than 10 yards a carry — and completed all eight passing attempts for 225 yards or more than 28 yards per reception. The Redmen ran only four plays in the third quarter and scored twice.
“We executed well offensively and defensively we were able to capitalize on opportunities,” said Rock Hill coach Todd Knipp. “We spread the ball around and got contributions from everyone.”
Knipp also praised all his players, especially the offensive line of center Ethan Baker, tackles Andrew Schwab and Andy Knipp, and guards Steven Carey, Steven Moore and Elijah Stevens.
“Our offensive line did a good job. Our backs and receivers ran hard and blocked well. It was a good overall team effort,” said Knipp.
Quarterback Will McCollister was 7 of 7 passing for 188 yards including a touchdown pass. He also ran 10 times for 78 yards and two scores.
Jared Bruce led the Redmen (2-6, 1-2) with 80 yards rushing on just six carries. Fullback Shane Harper returned to the lineup and ran six times for 37 yards and three touchdowns.
Wide receiver Trey Wilds caught six passes for 179 yards and a score.
South Point (1-7, 0-3) was limited to 164 yards — all on the ground. The injury-riddled Pointers were without running backs Tre Campbell and Curtis Jackson.
James Leonard carried four times for 57 yards and Audric Harlow ran 13 times for 48 yards to pace the Pointers.
Rock Hill wasted little time deciding the outcome by taking a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Harper ran 4 yards for a score and then McCollister hit Wilds on a 65-yard pass play. McCollister’s 19-yard scamper for a touchdown to cap the first quarter scoring.
Harper had touchdown runs of 3 and 18 yards in the second quarter sandwiched around a 12-yard scoring run by McCollister as the lead grew to 41-0 at the half.
The Rock Hill backups took over in the second half.
Chris Clemente scored on a 20-yard run and Jake Malone bolted 33 yards for a touchdown as Rock Hill extended the lead to 54-0 at the end of the third quarter.
The Redmen got their final touchdown when Jonah Cox threw a 5-yard out pass to Jordan Harrison trying to get a first down and Harrison broke free and went the distance to complete a 37-yard scoring play.
South Point avoided the shutout on a 1-yard run by Mason White. Leonard added the conversion run.
Injuries racked both teams. South Point had just 19 players dressed and Rock Hill had only 24 healthy players in uniform.
South Point 0 0 0 8 = 8
Rock Hill 21 20 13 7 = 61
RH – Shane Harper 4 run (Trey Wilds kick)
RH – Trey Wilds 65 pass from Will McCollister (Shane Harper kick)
RH – Will McCollister 19 run (Shane Harper kick)
RH – Shane Harper 3 run (Trey Wilds kick)
RH – Will McCollister 12 run (Trey Wilds kick)
RH – Shane Harper 18 run (kick failed)
RH – Chris Clemente 20 run (kick failed)
RH – Jake Malone 33 run (Trey Wilds kick)
RH – Jordan Harrison 37 pass from Jonah Cox (Trey Wilds kick)
SP – Mason White 1 run (James Leonard run)
First downs 9 19
Rushes-yards 43-164 29-293
Passing yards 0 225
Total yards 164 518
Cmp-Att-Int 0-7-1 8-8-0
Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-yards 5-42 2-20
Punts-average 2-44.0 0-00.0
RUSHING–South Point: Audric Harlow 13-48, Austin Majher 9-14, R.J. McCarty 8-32, Gage Townson 7-8, Mason White 2-5, James Leonard 4-57; Rock Hill: Will McCollister 10-78, Shane Harper 6-37, Jared Bruce 6-80, Chris Clemente 3-37, Jake Malone 3-55, Chris Stevens 1-6.
PASSING–South Point: Gage Townson 0-7-1; Rock Hill: Will McCollister 7-7-0 188, Jonah Cox 1-1-0 37.
RECEIVING–South Point: None; Rock Hill: Trey Wilds 6-179, Jonah Cox 1-9, Jordan Harrison 1-37.