Redmen beat Dragons in key OVC tilt
PROCTORVILLE — The Rock Hill Redmen are like Visine. They get the red out.
The Fairland Dragons got inside the 20-yard line — a.k.a. the red zone — on numerous occasions only to be turned away by the Rock Hill defense as the Redmen came away with a 20-14 Ohio Valley Conference win Friday night.
“We knew coming in they were going to be able to move the football. When they got in red zone we were able to make some plays,” said Rock Hill coach Todd Knipp.
Both teams were able to move the football. Rock Hill had 357 total yards including 325 on the ground while Fairland had 346 total yards.
However, Fairland lost two fumbles and was intercepted twice.
“We drove every time we touched the ball, we just kept turning the ball over. In crunch times, we didn’t make plays. They did not stop us. We just stopped ourselves,” said Dragons coach Brent Wilcoxon.
“Defensively we had some breakdowns and they ran the ball well.”
Fairland opened the game with a drive to the Rock Hill 5-yard line, but a fumble was recovered by the Redmen to halt the threat.
After two first downs, quarterback Drew Kuehne popped clear on a quarterback sneak and raced 64 yards for the first touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
“I thought we could get some yardage on it and with their alignment I thought we could make a big play. We got people on them and got a big play,” said Knipp.
Fairland (3-4, 1-1) cme back to tie the game on a 14-yard run by Jordan Kersey, but Rock Hill took the lead for good with a pair of touchdowns.
An interception by Seth Kuehne at the Rock Hill 39 stopped another Fairland drive.
Rock Hill then began a drive of its own. A fourth-and-8 pass to Tyler Kirkpatrick gained 13 yards and Wes Pierson ran 13 yards to the 3.
Shane Bostic scored on the next play and it was 14-7.
Pierson got what proved to be the winning score on a 47-yard jaunt to make it 20-7.
“Offensively the first half there were some things we thought we could do and it worked out. The kids executed well,” said Knipp.
Fairland used a 2-yard run by Kersey to get within 20-14 at the half.
The defense came up big with a stop at the 36 in the second quarter, once at the 29 in third quarter, and at the 13-yard line in the fourth quarter on a fourth down dropped pass.
“We dropped three dropped passes, one in the end zone, and one bounced off and they intercepted,” said Wilcoxon.
Looking to protect its lead, Rock Hill got the ball back with 7:11 to play at its own 17 and drove deep into Fairland territory before the drive stalled.
“We were able to gain some yardage and grind the clock. The kids did a good job on the last drive. It was a good overall team effort on both sides of the ball,” said Knipp.
Fairland had one final chance at its own 10-yard line, but Drew Kuehne intercepted a pass at the 30 and ran it back to the 1-yard line.
Rock Hill took a knee and ran out the clock to end the game.
Pierson had another big game with 139yards on 21 carries. Drew Kuehne added 89 yards on 13 tries and Bostin 64 yards on nine attempts.
Kersey rushed 18 times for 78 yards and quarterback Cole Hatfield was 14 of 23 for 192 yards and two interceptions.
RH — Drew Kuehne 64 run (Mitchell Davenport kick)
Fa — Jordan Kersey 14 run (Nate Burcham kick)
RH — Shane Bostic 3 run (Davenport kick)
RH — Wes Pierson 47 run (kick blocked)
Fa — Jordan Kersey 2 run (Burcham kick)
RUSHING—Rock Hill: Wes Pierson 21-139, Drew Kuehne 13-89, Shane Bostic 9-64, Andy Smith 2-4, Corey Bamer 4-29. Fairland: Matt Bloomfield 6-54, Jordan Kersey 18-78, Cole Hatfield 9-30, Chad Fisher 1-minus 1, Tyler Duty 1-3.
PASSING—Rock Hill: Drew Kuehne 4-7-0 32. Fairland: Cole Hatfield 14-23-2 192.
RECEIVING—Rock Hill: Shane Bostic 1-9, Wes Pierson 2-10, Tyler Kirkpatrick 1-13. Fairland: Jordan Kersey 2-2, Michael Lamb 1-33, Aaron Ward 4-41, Matt Bloomfield 4-82, Chad Fisher 3-34.