Redmen stop Pointers

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 4, 2003

PEDRO - On the night that honored Rock Hill's only undefeated team in school history, the current Redmen squad played like they wanted to build their own legacy.

The Rock Hill Redmen (6-1, 2-0) broke open a close game in the fourth quarter on their way to a 28-14 Ohio Valley Conference win Friday over the South Point Pointers (2-5, 1-1).

Senior quarterback Steven Daily led the Redmen attack with three touchdowns - one passing and two rushing.

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Before the game, about two dozen players, coaches, managers and cheerleaders from Rock Hill's undefeated season in 1953 were honored in front of a loud home crowd that was excited for the OVC matchup.

"South Point has been improving in the last several weeks. They have gotten better and better," Rock Hill coach Bob McCollister said. "We knew it was going to be a good game."

But, it took a while before the Redmen gave the fans something to cheer about.

Rock Hill got the ball to open the game, but was forced to punt because the team couldn't get the running or passing game working consistently.

South Point took advantage of good field position and drove into Redmen territory. It looked like the drive had stalled on fourth down at the Redmen 42-yard line, but Jeremiah Taylor dashed 27 yards on a fake punt.

Five plays later, senior tailback Caleb Copley punched the ball into the end zone with a 4-yard rumble, giving the Pointers a 7-0 lead.

South Point's defense forced a three-and-out on Rock Hill's next possession but the Redmen returned the favor by forcing their own three-and-out.

Then, the Redmen offense began to come alive.

"After that big play on special teams that kept their drive going, it seemed like we dominated them physically the rest of the way," McCollister said.

As the second quarter began, the Redmen marched deep into South Point territory, but a holding penalty that negated a touchdown and a sack forced a turnover on downs.

It didn't matter in the end, because the Redmen forced another three-and-out.

"I feel like, as far as their offense, Coach McCollister and his staff had a real good game plan," South Point coach Dan McDavid said. "They took us out of our offensive game plan with their offense because they controlled the ball so well."

The Redmen got the ball back and put together an eight-play drive that was capped by a 7-yard touchdown pass from Daily to Roger Joseph.

The half came to a close as Zane Joy attempted a 57-yard field goal that was short, leaving the score deadlocked at 7-7.

A steady rain began to fall as the third quarter opened, so both teams kept the ball on the ground.

South Point punted on their first possession, setting up a 12-play drive that Daily capped with a 1-yard sneak, giving the Redmen

a 14-7 lead.

Neither team managed to sustain any drives again until midway through the fourth quarter. Rock Hill took advantage of a short field as tailback James Russell sprinted 12 yards to the end zone to make the score 21-7.

"We were well prepared for what they did," McCollister said. "We expected them to blitz a lot and come after us. Once our guys got their heads up and picked up the blitzes, we were OK."

South Point fumbled the ball twice on their next possession, setting up Daily's second 1-yard touchdown run of the night.

A scary moment came late in the fourth quarter as Pointers quarterback Chris Smith took a hit to the knee and was down on the field for several minutes. He did not return to the game.

McDavid said the extent of the injury was unknown, and that Smith was going to the hospital for precautionary X-rays.

The outcome of the game was already decided when South Point's Chris Chapman scored on a 3-yard run with two seconds left.

McDavid said that the final few plays were not so much about the score as they were just an opportunity to work on a few things that may come in to play down the road.

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First Quarter

SP - Caleb Copley 4 run (Zane Joy kick) 3:22

Second Quarter

RH - Roger Joseph 7 pass from Steven Daily (Kenny Elswick kick) 1:19

Third Quarter

RH - Steven Daily 1 run (Kenny Elswick kick) 4:17

Fourth Quarter

RH - James Russell 12 run (Kenny Elswick kick) 5:51

RH - Steven Daily 1 run (Kenny Elswick kick) 2:57

SP - Chris Chapman 3 run (Zane Joy kick) 0:02

First downs: South Point10, Rock Hill14

Rushes-yards: South Point37-131, Rock Hill48-209

Passing yards: South Point37, Rock Hill49

Total yards: South Point180, Rock Hill258

Cmp-Att-In: South Point4-12-1, Rock Hill5-11-0

Fumbles-lost: South Point2-0, Rock Hill1-0

Punts-average: South Point 5-25, Rock Hill3-35

Penalties-yards: South Point5-45, Rock Hill6-45

Individual Leaders

RUSHING - South Point: Caleb Copley 12-77, Justin Workman 8-53, Chris Chapman 8-20, Tommy Hayner 1-3, Chris Smith 8-minus 21.

Rock Hill: James Russell 27-107, Dan Mullins 8-78, T.J. Blagg 2-29, Kenny Elswick 3-16,

, David Stevens 2-4, Steven Daily 6-minus 25.

PASSING - South Point:

Chris Smith 3-10-1 30, Tommy Hayner 1-2-0 7. Rock Hill: Steven Daily 5-11-0 49.

RECEIVING - South Point: Justin Workman 2-25, Tyler Staton 1-10, Caleb Copley 1-2, Rock Hill: Roger Joseph 2-40, James Russell 3-9.

MISSED FIELD GOAL: 57 yards by Zane Joy