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Christian, defense spark Redmen rout of Vinton Co.

McARTHUR - The Rock Hill defense is getting into the swing of things.

The main thing the Redmen defense is swinging is momentum. Rock Hill forced three turnovers en route to a 40-14 win over the Vinton County Vikings Friday night.

"We're creating turnovers and that's a big momentum swing that we've been able to capitalize on," Rock Hill coach Todd Knipp said.

The Redmen capitalized behind the running of senior halfback K.C. Christian who ran 15 times for 239 yards and a touchdown. Rock Hill finished with almost 400 yards of offense.

The Redmen (2-0) showed good balance with five different players scoring touchdowns.

"We didn't have any turnovers, we threw the ball some and we had some kids make some plays. The offensive line did a good job getting on their blocks and our backs are blocking better every week," Knipp said. "(K.C.) just has a knack for making big plays offensively."

T.J. Blagg added 49 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns.

The defense limited Vinton County to 164 total yards including 212 on the ground. Vinton County had 51 rushing yards and five first downs in the fourth quarter against Rock Hill's second team.

"They put together a good drive the first time they had the ball, but after that the kids settled down and played pretty good defense," Knipp said. "When we came out at halftime, the only time they got a first down we had a breakdown."

Rock Hill went up 7-0 on a 4-yard run by Blagg who also kicked the point after.

But Nick Hurne had a 2-yard touchdown run to get the Vikings (0-2) within a point.

The Redmen answered with a 5-yard scoring pass from Jerrod Casey to Mark Anderson and it was 13-6.

A 2-yard run by Jeremy Mays extended the lead to 19-6 at the half.

Christian broke the Vikings' back when broke loose on a 69-yard touchdown run to start the second half and it was now 26-6.

Blagg's second touchdown run put the Redmen ahead 33-6 near the end of the third quarter.

Dustin Harper's 2-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter put the Redmen ahead 40-6.

Derek Robinson had an interception for the Redmen defense. Eric Anderson and Josh "Deuce" Moore had fumble recoveries.

Rock Hill136147=40

Vinton County6008=14

First Quarter

RH – T.J. Blagg 4 run (T.J. Blagg kick)

VC – Nick Hurne 2 run (kick failed)

RH – Mark Anderson 5 pass from Jerrod Casey (kick failed)

Second Quarter

RH – Jeremy Mays 2 run (kick failed)

Third Quarter

RH – K.C. Christian 69 run (T.J. Blagg kick)

RH – T.J. Blagg 9 run (T.J. Blagg kick)

Fourth Quarter

RH – Dustin Harper 2 run (T.J. Blagg kick)

VC – #34 2 run (Justin Conley run)

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RHVC

First downs2011

Rushes-yards46-35445-121

Passing yards4243

Total yards396164

Cmp-Att-Int4-6-05-11-1

Fumbles-lost2-02-2

Penalties-yards9-750-0

Punts-average2-24.52-27.0

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Individual Leaders

RUSHING-Rock Hill: T.J. Blagg 12-49, Derek Robinson 5-31, K.C. Christian 15-239, Jeremy Mays 1-2, Josh "Deuce" Moore 3-20, Dustin Harper 2-6, Josh Guy 1-8, Zach Nelson 1-17, Corey Burke 1-2, Steven Littlejohn 1-minus 1, Shane Bostic 1-2, Zach Zornes 1-2, Jerrod Casey 1-2, team 1-minus 25; Vinton County: Brody Mace 8-20, Zach Graves 8-20, Max Leaming 1-10, Ryan Stewart 7-11, Nick Hurne 11-19, Cody Bobo 5-12, Justin Conley 2-20, Jeff Sperry 2-6, #34 1-2.

PASSING-Rock Hill: Jerrod Casey 4-6-0

42; Vinton County: Justin Conley 5-11-1.

RECEIVING-Rock Hill: K.C. Christian 2-20, Derek Robinson 2-19; Vinton County: Brody Mace 1-13, Dustin Guthrie 2-16, Zach Graves 1-1, Luke Faber 1-13.