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Hornets show quick-scoring capabilities in win over Redmen

By COLE HILLIER

For The Tribune

Despite being known for a ball-controlling, time-consuming style of offense, the Coal Grove Hornets showed that they can also score in a hurry.

After falling behind early, the Hornets used 42 unanswered points — including 28 in the first half — to defeat the Rock Hill Redmen 42-13 Friday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

Coal Grove (5-3, 3-0) churned out 390 yards of offense, 285 yards on the ground. Frank Delawder led all rushers with 86 yards on nine carries. Chris Brammer added 79 rushing yards on 10 carries and Bubba Wood had 38 on five attempts.

“It was a good football game,” said Coal Grove Head Coach Dave Lucas. “Our kids were fired up. We played a good first half then we made some adjustments in the second half.”

Rock Hill (0-8, 0-3) took advantage of excellent field position at the 43 after the Hornets fumbled the ball away on the first drive after the opening kickoff.

Two plays later, quarterback Will McCollister (10-28, 174 yards) hit Mitchell Davenport for a 31-yard touchdown pass. Cody Massie added the extra point and it was 7-0.

McCollister was 10-of-28 for 174 yards and two interceptions on the night.

After an exchange of punts, Coal Grove got the ball and Wayne Sparks hit Zach Sloan who galloped to an 85 yards with the pass to score. Sparks ran for the two-point conversion and the Hornets led 8-7.

In the second quarter, Brammer capped a 69-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown run. Sparks again ran for the conversion and it was 16-7.

The Redmen reached their own 39, but a fumble on a snap exchange was recovered by the Hornets at the Rock Hill 25.

Coal Grove made use of the opportunity and on a fourth down play from the 9-yard line, Sparks found Brammer for a touchdown. The conversion failed and it was 22-7.

On Rock Hill’s next play from scrimmage, Delawder picked off a pass at the 26 and raced into the end zone to make it 28-7 before halftime.

“It’s kind of been the story of our season,” said Rock Hill Head Coach Todd Knipp. “We’ve had some lapses and haven’t been able to recover. We’re working each week.”

In the third quarter, Delawder went 25 yards for a score on the first play of a drive that resulted from another interception.

Later in the quarter, Oakie Haynes finished the scoring for the Hornets with a 7-yard rushing touchdown that made it 42-7 after Scott Erwin added the extra point.

With 48 seconds left in the game, Rock Hill’s Cody Roberts scored on a 4-yard run for the game’s final touchdown.

Leading the offense for the Redmen were Steve Lewis with 59 yards on 13 carries and Mitchell Davenport with three receptions for 58 yards and one touchdown.

Rock Hill 7 0 0 6 = 13

Coal Grove 8 20 14 0 = 42

First Quarter

RH – Mitchell Davenport 31 pass from McCollister (Massie kick) 9:05

CG– Zach Sloan 85 pass from Sparks (Sparks run) 3:46

Second Quarter

CG – Chris Brammer 19 run (Sparks run) 9:02

CG– Chris Brammer 9 pass from Sparks (run failed) 3:29

CG– Frank Delawder 26 interception return (run failed) 3:13

Third Quarter

CG – Delawder 25 run (Erwin kick) 8:07

CG – Oakie Haynes 7 run (Erwin kick) 2:21

Fourth Quarter

RH – Cody Roberts 4 run (run failed) 0:48

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RH CG

First downs 11 9

Rushes-yards 35-134 39-285

Passing yards 134 105

Total yards 308 390

Cmp-Att-Int 10-29-2 174 3-4-0

Fumbles-lost 3-1 2-2

Penalties-yards 7-65 5-50

Punts-average 6-35.0 3-32.6

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Individual Leaders

RUSHING–Rock Hill: Cory Bammer 16-35, Steve Lewis 13-59, Will McCollister 6-4, Cody Roberts 3-17, Brian Cooper 1-16, Trey Wilds 1-10, Jesse Lane 1- minus 2. Coal Grove: Frank Delawder 9-86, Chris Brammer 10-79, Oakie Haynes 5-26, Bubba Wood 5-38, Dion Cunningham 5-23, Rye Goodwin 1-16, Greg Bender 1-7, Aaron Conley 2-10, Jake Murphy 1-0.

PASSING–Rock Hill: Will McCollister: 10-28-2 174, Jesse Lane 0-1-0. Coal Grove: Wayne Sparks: 3-4 105.

RECEIVING–Rock Hill: Mitchell Davenport 3-58, C.J. Justice 3-41, Jake Brown 3-51, Jeremy Blagg 1-8. Coal Grove: Zach Sloan 1-85, Chris Brammer 2-20.