Short-handed Redmen cut down Oaks
By JIM WALKER
Tribune Sports Editor
OAK HILL — The Rock Hill Redmen were short-handed, so Will McCollister and Trey Wilds decided to lend a helping hand.
With only 28 healthy players dressed, the Rock Hill Redmen needed to make some adjustments against the Oak Hill Oaks on Friday.
They did just that as quarterback McCollister and wide receiver Wilds accounted for 229 of Rock Hill’s 406 total yards as the Redmen got their first win over the season by beating the Oaks 33-7 on Friday.
McCollister ran 10 times for 118 yards and two scores while hitting 10 of 16 passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Wilds caught eight passes for 106 yards and two TDs and also ran for 10 yards.
“(Starting fullback and linebacker Shane) Harper was out and we had to mix things up and spread things around. Those two kids did a nice job,” Rock Hill coach Todd Knipp said of his senior passing tandem.
The duo clicked on a 7-yard scoring play with 6:32 left in the first quarter and Wilds’ kick put the Redmen up 7-0.
The two hooked up again for a 50-yard scoring play midway through the second quarter to take a 13-0 lead. The conversion kick was blocked.
McCollister had a 1-yard scoring run in the third quarter and then threw to Wilds for the conversion and it was 21-0.
Quarterback Drew Haislop ran 11 yards but fumbled at the 1-yard line and Daniel Woods recovered in the end zone to give Oak Hill its only score with 1:21 left in the quarter and make it 21-7.
But on the first play after the ensuing kickoff, Jared Bruce bolted 55 yards for a touchdown as Rock Hill went up 27-7. Bruce ran 12 times for 111 yards.
McCollister put the finishing touches on the game as he race 79 yards on a keeper with 6:39 left to complete the scoring.
Rock Hill (1-2) had 295 yards rushing as a team on 41 attempts.
“That was a big confidence booster. We still made some mistakes and there are some areas we need to get better, but we’re getting there,” said Knipp.
Oak Hill (0-3) finished with 292 yards with Haislop hitting 14 of 25 passes for 189 yards but he was intercepted three.
Adam Dalton, Wilds and McCollister all had interceptions.
Rock Hill 7 6 14 6 = 33
Oak Hill 0 0 7 0 = 7
RH – Trey Wilds 7 pass from Will McCollister (Trey Wilds kick) 6:32
RH – Trey Wilds 50 pass from Will McCollister (kick blocked) 6:49
RH – Will McCollister 1 run (Chris Clemente pass from Will McCollister) 4:27
OH – Daniel Woods fumbled recovery in end zone (Harden kick) 1:21
RH – Jared Bruce 55 run (kick failed) 1:08
RH – Will McCollister 79 run (kick failed) 6:39
First downs 15 16
Rushes-yards 41-295 33-103
Passing yards 111 189
Total yards 406 292
Cmp-Att-Int 10-16-1 15-27-2
Fumbles-lost 2-1 3-1
Penalties-yards 6-35 3-25
Punts-average 2-38.5 2-33.5
RUSHING–Rock Hill: Will McCollister 10-118, Trey Wilds 2-10, Jesse Lane 15-52, Jared Bruce 12-111, Chris Clemente 1-9, Chris Stevens 1-minus 5; Oak Hill: Wes Harden 20-105, Drew Haislop 9-minus 14, Devon Davis 1-minus 1, Colton Cox 3-13
PASSING–Rock Hill: Will McCollister 10-16-1 111; Oak Hill: Drew Haislop 14-25-3 189.
RECEIVING–Rock Hill: Trey Wilds 8-106, Jared Bruce 1-1, Jesse Layne 1-4; Oak Hill: Devon Davis 4-47, Daniel Woods 3-42, Colton Cox 1-24, John Harrison 5-57, Ryan Gaines 1-19.