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Redmen-Hornets should be quite a rush

You might want to put a stopwatch on this game.

Two teams who disdain the pass in favor of the running game will collide in a key Ohio Valley Conference battle Friday.

The Rock Hill Redmen and Coal Grove Hornets both rely on the running game and that could make for a quickly played game.

“They way we both run the ball, this game might be over in an hour,” Redmen coach Todd Knipp said with a chuckle.

Regardless of when the game ends, the Redmen are hoping to be on the winning end. Rock Hill can clinch at least a share of the league title with a win. A loss not only keeps Coal Grove’s hopes alive but four other teams as well.

Rock Hill is 6-2 overall and 3-0 in the OVC. Coal Grove is 4-4 and 1-2 in the league.

Hornets coach Dave Lucas said his team just needs a win after losing 41-15 to South Point last week due to 11 – count ’em – turnovers.

“We’re just trying to win a ball game. We’ll worry about the league later,” Lucas said.

Despite the loss, the Hornets racked up 373 total yards to 294 for the Pointers. Two of South Point’s touchdowns came off interceptions.

“Our defense played well, but we just fumbled. They punted five times and we didn’t punt,” Lucas said.

Looking at last week, Lucas said there are similarities to this week’s rivalry.

“Turnovers will have a big impact on this game. The defenses are pretty close and we’re both about the same size,” Lucas said.

“They’re similar to Valley, but not exactly. (Rock Hill’s) quarterback is a good runner.”

Knipp is not fooled by the Hornets lopsided loss last week.

“They turned it over 11 times and still gained almost 400 yards. They’re going to line up and run right at you. We’ve only had a couple of teams do that. We’ll have to strap it on tight and get ready,” Knipp said.

The Redmen are led by quarterback Jarrod Casey and running back Wes Pierson. Josh Moore led the team in rushing before he was injured and his status remains questionable.

Coal Grove has a 1,000-yard rusher in Trent Blankenship, but the Hornets have been using other runnings backs the past few weeks such as Shane Jenkins, Frank Delawder and Matt Cooper.

“They’re mixing things up a little more with their backs. Before you could concentrate on one guy, but now they’re running three or four at you,” Knipp said.