Hornets, Hyland win finale

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 30, 2004

COAL GROVE - Call it a Hy-light film.

Justin Hyland had another 300-yard rushing game and scored seven touchdowns to lead the Coal Grove Hornets to a 41-14 Ohio Valley Conference win over the arch-rival Rock Hill Redmen Friday.

Hyland came into the game with 1,714 yards rushing and ran 37 times for 314 yards to give him 2,028 yards on the season. He became the first Coal Grove running back to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark.

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"Our kids executed well," Hornets coach Dave Lucas said. "Hyland did a good job running the ball and the line did a good job blocking. We improved and got better every week."

The win gave the Hornets a 7-3 record and a second place finish in the OVC at 4-1. It marked the first winning season since Lucas retired six years ago.

Despite the success, Lucas said there is still some unfinished business.

"We're happy, but not satisfied. Now we have to go back to the weight room," Lucas said. "A win like this motivates (the players). They know how close they were to the championship. Now they have to go get it."

Rock Hill, 3-7 and 2-3, had taken a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Hornets began to assert themselves in the second quarter.

Hyland had a 4-yard scoring run to put the Hornets up 7-0 after Nick Bazell's conversion kick.

Besides the yardage, Hyland finished the season with 275 carries. Lucas said Hyland never complained about being tired.

"He's been a workhorse, but he likes it. He better like it if he's going to carry that many times," Lucas said.

The Redmen came back to take a 14-7 lead as K.C. Christian had a 28-yard scoring run and Brian Skaggs added a 3-yard scoring run. Matt McFann kicked both extra points.

But then Hyland scored on a 1-yard run to cut the deficit to 14-13, and his 10-yard scoring run put the Hornets ahead for good at 19-14.

A 29-yard scoring burst by Hyland extended the lead to 25-14, and his 1-yard run followed by a Davidson to Tyler Sexton conversion pass put the lead at 33-14.

Hyland's 33-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter not only pushed the lead to 41-14 but gave him 24 TDs on the season.

Coal Grove piled up 451 total yards including 90 passing as Eric Davidson completed all four of his passes.

"Our quarterback is coming along. He did a good job," Lucas said.

Rock Hill had 207 total yards with all but 4 coming on the ground. Christian had 100 yards on 14 carries and T.J. Blagg ran 27 times for 94 yards.

Rock Hill14000-14

Coal Grove712148-41

First Quarter

CG - Justin Hyland 4 run (Nick Bazell kick)

RH - K.C. Christian 28 run (Matt McFann kick)

RH - Brian Skaggs 3 run (Matt McFann kick)

Second Quarter

CG - Justin Hyland 1 run (kick failed)

CG - Justin Hyland 10 run (pass failed)

Third Quarter

CG - Justin Hyland 29 run (pass failed)

CG - Justin Hyland 1 run (Tyler Sexton pass from Eric Davidson)

Fourth Quarter

CG - Justin Hyland 33 run (Nick Bazell run)



First Downs1123


Passing yards490

Total yards207451





Individual Leaders

RUSHING - Rock Hill: K.C. Christian 14-100, T.J. Blagg 27-94, Derek Robinson 4-19, Brian Skaggs 6-15, David Stevens 1-0, Jarrod Casey 1-minus 7. Coal Grove: Justin Hyland 37-314, Bryan Massie 4-23, Cody Chaffin 2-11, B.J. Harbolt 1-9, Trent Blankenship 1-3, Steve Hern 2-2.

PASSING - Rock Hill: Jarrod Casey 1-4-1 4. Coal Grove: Eric Davidson 4-4-0


RECEIVING - Rock Hill: Brian Skaggs 1-4. Coal Grove: Gary Moore 3-40, Patrick Roush 1-54.