Redmen accomplish season#039;s mission

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 30, 2005

PEDRO - Mission accomplished.

Setting out this season, the Rock Hill Redmen were somewhat overlooked as contenders in the Ohio Valley Conference. But after Friday's convincing 48-6 win over the Coal Grove Hornets, the Redmen are no longer overlooked. In fact, they're OVC champions. Outright.

&#8220They were on a mission (Friday) night. They had a lot to prove and played with great intensity,” Redmen coach Todd Knipp said.

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&#8220Our guys were ready to play. We had a great atmosphere and the kids came out from the opening kickoff and just dominated on the offensive and defensive line. It was a just a great team effort.”

The Redmen ran behind the offensive line of center Karl Blankenship, guards Ryan Bunker, Drew McCaffery and Travis Wagner, tackles Chris Moore and Aaron Riley, and tight ends Mark Anderson, Josh Moore and J.C. Murnahan.

On the defensive side, ends Josh Moore and Eric Anderson, inside trio with Chris Moore, Jeremy Mays and McCaffery and linebackers Dustin Harper and Josh Guy on the inside and T.J. Blagg and Mark Anderson on the outside limited Hornets 2,000-yard tailback Justin Hyland to just 77 yards on 20 carries.

Coal Grove had just one first down in the first half and 118 total yards.

&#8220We were pretty geared up. We were big enough and physical enough that they weren't able to get any creases and we were flying to the football,” Knipp said of the defensive effort on Hyland.

Friday's win enabled the Redmen to finish 9-1 overall and win the Ohio Valley Conference outright at 5-0. It was Rock Hill's first tile since 1996 and the first outright title since 1968.

&#8220They were extremely excited,” Knipp said.

Rock Hill also qualified for the postseason playoffs. The Redmen are expected to finish seventh in Region 15 of Division IV and open the playoffs at Ironton on Saturday.

K.C. Christian and T.J. Blagg each ran for more than 100 yards as The Redmen racked up 337 yards on the ground and 391 total yards. Josh &#8220Deuce” Moore added 47 yards on six attempts.

Quarterback Jarrod Casey was 4 of 5 passing to four different receivers for a total of 54 yards.

&#8220We spread the ball around a lot, our quarterback made some plays and our receivers made some plays,” Knipp said.

Rock Hill went 66 yards to start the game and five of the first six plays the Redmen ran were first downs. Blagg scored on a 3-yard run and it was 7-0.

Josh &#8220Deuce” Moore got free on a 38-yard touchdown run before the end of the quarter as Rock Hill extended its lead to 21-0.

Casey and Christian had short touchdown runs in the second quarter that extended the lead to 34-0 at the half.

Coal Grove (6-4, 2-3) began the second half with its only scoring drive of the game. Hyland pounded over the goal line on a 2-yard run and it was 34-6.

But Rock Hill shut down the Hornets ground game the rest of the half and then tacked on a pair fourth quarter touchdown runs. Blagg went 3 yards for a score.

Coal Grove0060=6

Rock Hill2113014=48

First Quarter

RH – T.J. Blagg 3 run (T.J. Blagg kick)

RH – Josh &#8220Deuce” Moore 7 run (T.J. Blagg kick)

RH – Jarrod Casey 38 run (T.J. Blagg kick)

Second Quarter

RH – Jarrod Casey 2 run (kick failed)

RH – K.C. Christian 4 run (T.J. Blagg kick)

Third Quarter

CG – Justin Hyland 2 run (run failed)

Fourth Quarter

RH – T.J. Blagg 3 run (T.J. Blagg kick)

RH – K.C. Christian 52 run (T.J. Blagg kick)



First downs918


Passing yards5454

Total yards118391




Individual Leaders

RUSHING – Coal Grove: Justin Hyland 20-77, Gary Moore 3-3, Trent Blankenship 1-1, Mark Robinson 1-2, Eric Davidson 7-minus 12, Chris Chaffin 2-minus 7; Rock Hill: T.J. Blagg 15-109, K.C. Christian 13-113, Josh &#8220Deuce” Moore 6-47, Jarrod Casey 3-48, Justin Harper 2-6, Josh Guy 2-9, Corey Burke 2-5, Shane Bostic 1-0.

PASSING – Coal Grove: Eric Davidson 6-9-0 54; Rock Hill: Jarrod Casey 4-5-0 54.

RECEIVING – Coal Grove: Justin Hyland 3-29, Gary Moore 2-23, Chris Chaffin 1-6; Rock Hill: K.C. Christian 1-6, Derek Robinson 1-minus 3, Kyle Evans 1-28, J.C. Murnahan 1-23.