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Redmen give strong effort despite what scoreboard says

WEST PORTSMOUTH — If the final score could talk, it wouldn’t be silent about the Rock Hill Redmen.

Despite losing 42-6 Friday to the unbeaten Portsmouth West Senators, Redmen coach Todd Knipp wasn’t totally disappointed.

Besides losing starting quarterback Will McCollister on the second play of the second quarter and not having his backup Jake Brown due to an illness, Knipp saw a lot of good signs.

“We played pretty well. We finally played physical. We were attacking. We played hard, but we were limited to what we could do offensively,” said Redmen coach Todd Knipp.

The offense finished with 182 total yards, 113 on the ground. The Redmen were forced to use running back Josh Malone at quarterback, a position he hasn’t played since the fourth qrade.

“We really had our hands tied offensively,” said Knipp. “It was one of the first times we’ve fought through adversity. The score didn’t indicate how well they did perform.”

The Redmen trailed just 14-0 at the half, but Alf Bricker broke a 73-yard touchdown run to start the second half and give West some breathing room.

Rock Hill had the ball twice inside the 20-yard line following fumble recoveries but could not capitalize.

Rock Hill 0 0 0 6 = 6

Portsmouth West 7 7 13 14 = 42

First Quarter

PW – Trevon Pendleton 3 run (Ethan Morgan kick)

Second Quarter

PW ¬– Dale Swords 1 run (Ethan Morgan kick)

Third Quarter

PW – Alf Bricker 73 run (Ethan Morgan kick)

PW ¬– Ethan Morgan 39 pass from Alf Bricker (kick failed)

Fourth Quarter

PW – Travis Perry 14 pass from Alf Bricker (Ethan Morgan kick)

RH – Coty Roberts 5 run (kick failed)

PW – Jarod Bricker 12 run (Jarod Bricker run)

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RH PW

First downs 9 14

Rushes-yards 113 254

Passing yards 69 86

Total yards 182 340

Cmp-Att-Int 8-15-0 3-6-0

Fumbles-lost 4-3 3-2

Penalties-yards 6-30 7-45

Punts-average 3-37.0 NA

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Individual Leaders

RUSHING–Rock Hill: Corey Bamer 15-34, Josh Malone 11-21, Steve Lewis 2-0, McCollister 2-minus 14, Cody Roberts 3-16, Brian Cooper 2-37, Jesse Lyons 1-3, Trey Wilds 1-10, Jared Bruce 1-6, Jesse Lane 1-minus 3. Portsmouth West: Alf Bricker 8-105, Dale Swords 10-26, Mark Murphy 11-38, Trevon Pendleton 8-45, Ethan Morgan 2-minus 1, Travis Perry 1-0, Travis Journey 1-0, Tanner Journey 2-11, Colton Russell 1-30, Alex Thompson 1-2, Jarod Bricker 1-12.

PASSING–Rock Hill: 8-13-0 69, Josh Malone 0-2-0. Portsmouth West: Alf Bricker 2-20 53, Ethan Morgan 1-4-0 33.

RECEIVING–Rock Hill: Mitchell Davenport 4-37, Josh Malone 1-6, C.J. Justice 2-10, Jeremy Blagg 1-16. Portsmouth West: Alf Bricker 1-33, Ethan Morgan 1-39, Travis Perry 1-14.