Redmen mix running with passing to rout Raiders
CHESHIRE -- A little was more than enough.
While the ground game was strong, the Rock Hill Redmen mixed in enough of the passing game to baffle the River Valley Raiders defense in a 34-12 Ohio Valley Conference win Friday.
Rock Hill coach Bob McCollister said rainy, muddy field conditions affected the team's approach offensively. To a point.
The Redmen ran 51 times for 286 yards as James Russell and Aaron Hankins each ran for more than 100 yards. But quarterback Steven Daily had a big game as well with 9 of 13 passing for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Daily completed passes for five different receivers.
"We had a big lead and we wanted to run the clock. We probably should have thrown the ball a bit more, but it was really getting pretty sloppy out there," said McCollister.
As it turned out, the Redmen threw enough to help out the running game. Russell finished with 110 yards on 15 carries before leaving the game with a knee injury. Aaron Hankins ran 24 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
The win enabled the Redmen to improve their record to 5-3 overall and 3-0 in the OVC. Rock Hill hosts Fairland next Friday and hosts Chesapeake in the season finale in what could determine the league championship.
River Valley (3-5, 1-2) had 201 yards rushing but just 27 passing. Burley Geiger carried three times for 74 yards and scored both Raider touchdowns, one on a punt return.
The Redmen used seven plays as they scored on the opening drive of the game. Hankins went 3 yards for the touchdown and Matt McFann kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead at the 9:41 mark.
Geiger bolted 71 yards for a touchdown on the next series, but the conversion failed and it was 7-6.
Rock Hill then went on a scoring binge by putting up 21 unanswered points.
Daily hit Gabe Ruggles with a 10-yard scoring toss with 4:53 left in the first quarter. Only his only carry of the game, fullback Ken Elswick had a 1-yard touchdown run to start the second quarter and it was 21-6.
Dailey hooked up with Roger Joseph on a 36-yard scoring pass two minutes later and the lead was 28-6.
Geiger got the Raiders within 28-12 at the half with a 35-yard punt return for a touchdown with 2:02 left in the half.
"This was a scary game for us," McCollister said. "I have a lot of respect for the coaches at River Valley and the program. They're well coached and their kids play hard. I was pretty nervous coming into this game."
After a scoreless third quarter, Rock Hill put an insurance touchdown on the board with 1:13 to play as Hankins ripped off a 28-yard scamper.
"It got to be one of those sloppy, muddy
games in the second half with the field torn up and neither team really able to move it very well. We were able to hold on and get the win," McCollister said.
Next Friday, Rock Hill hosts Fairland and River Valley entertains South Point in league games.
RH -- Aaron Hankins 3 run (Matt McFann kick)
RV -- Burley Geiger 71 run (kick failed)
RH -- Gabe Ruggles 10 pass from Steven Daily (Matt McFann kick)
RH -- Ken Elswick 1 run (Matt McFann kick)
RH -- Roger Joseph 36 pass from Steven Daily (Matt McFann kick)
RV -- Burley Geiger 35 punt return (pass failed)
RH -- Aaron Hankins 28 run (Matt McFann kick) 1:13
RUSHING -- Rock Hill: James Russell 15-110, Aaron Hankins 24-109, Robbie McClellan 1-33, Dan Mullins 8-32, Steven Daily 2-1, Ken Elswick 1-1. River Valley: Burley Geiger 3-74, Allan Brown 9-53, Joey Graham 12-43, Jessie Ward 4-16, Adam Darst 2-9, Jeremy Stroud 2-6.
PASSING -- Rock Hill: Steven Daily 9-13-1
121. River Valley: Joey Graham 6-11-2
27, Ryan Spaulding 0-2-0.
RECEIVING -- Rock Hill: Robbie McClellan 3-44, Roger Joseph 1-36, David Schug 1-23, Gabe Ruggles 1-10, James Russell 2-8. River Valley: Burley Geiger 2-14, Jessie Ward 1-7, Riley Rice 1-6.