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Redmen complete about face season

After a winless season one year ago, the Rock Hill Redmen turned their fortunes around in dramatic fashion.

Saturday, October 30, 1999

After a winless season one year ago, the Rock Hill Redmen turned their fortunes around in dramatic fashion. A 40-14 rout of the Fairland Dragons closed out the season and left the Redmen with an impressive 7-3 record.

"I’m pretty happy. The Minford game was disappointing, but to do the things we’ve done and without Tyler (Virgin) is even more remarkable," Rock Hill second-year coach Andy Hall said. "I’m not ready for it to end. I told the kids there aren’t many teams that can turn an 0-10 season into 7-3. It’s very gratifying."

Not only did the Redmen finish second in the Ohio Valley Conference at 3-1 with the victory, but it also marked just the second win in the past 16 trips to Fairland.

"The kids felt a big burden was lifted off their shoulders. They’ve got the program back on its feet, but we’ll have to work harder. The kids earned it and we have something to look forward to next year," Hall said.

Rock Hill rolled up 455 total yards with 390 coming on the ground. Scott Turley rushed 23 times for 175 yards and Richie Webb ran 13 times for 123 yards. Quarterback Andy Medinger was 7 of 10 for 65 yards and Josh Harper caught five passes for 45 yards.

"We threw the ball well and we caught it really well," Hall said. "We moved the ball really well and we had two backs over 100 yards.

"Defensively, we played real well the first half. Fairland did a nice job the second half putting together a couple of drives. But our pass defense did a nice job and we kept them from the big play and that was a big key."

Fairland had a big game on the ground with 240 yards led by Jeremy Louden who ran 21 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns.

Rock Hill went 54 yards in nine plays for its first touchdown. Webb capped the drive with a 4-yard scamper and Medinger threw to Harper on the conversion to make it 8-0.

The lead went to 14-0 on the next possession as Rock Hill drove 49 yards in just four plays. Turley had a 30-yard run to key the drive and then carried the final 4 yards for the score.

Webb provided the spark on the next drive as he bolted 38 yards to set up a 3-yard scoring run by Kevin Dilley and it was 20-0.

Rock Hill used an eight-play, 53-yard march en route to its next touchdown, a 1-yard run by Dilley. Turley ran for the conversion and it was 28-0 with 2:49 left in the half.

Fairland came out strong the second half with a 63-yard, eight-play drive that whittled 4:39 off the clock. A 26-yard run by quarterback J. W. Jones keyed the drive and Louden went 6 yards for the touchdown to make it 28-6.

Rock Hill answered with a 63-yard, five-play drive that culminated on Medinger’s 18-yard touchdown run with just 21 seconds left in the quarter.

Fairland, 2-7 and 0-4, came right back with a 65-yard, 13-play drive aided by a 17-yard scramble by Jones. Louden did the honors from 5 yards out and Matt Murphy’s conversion run made it 34-14.

The Redmen capped the scoring with a quick 65-yard, three-play drive. Turley cut the time out of the drive when he ran 43 yards for the TD.