West tops Redmen
WEST PORTSMOUTH — Like a knockout punch sends a man to the mat, BOOM! It was over just like that.
Robert Ellis Orrall sang the verse to this country song but the Rock Hill Redmen heard it when a quick scoring burst by Portsmouth West gave the Senators a 35-7 win Friday night.
West (1-3) scored on the first play of the game when Adam Bricker ran 66 yards for a 7-0 lead.
The game remained that way until West scored 21 points in less than four minutes to end the first half.
Steven Irwin threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Levi Morgan with 3:42 left, then hit Zack Frye with a 41-yard scoring strike with 1:05 on the clock and it was 21-0.
Frye completed the rapid-fire scoring when he returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown with just nine seconds left.
Rock Hill (0-4) came out the second half and got on the scoreboard when Jonah Cox hit Chris Stevens with a 5-yard touchdown pass. Jake Malone kicked the point after and it was 28-7.
West got its final touchdown on a 4-yard run by Alec Meeker with 10:19 to play.
Rock Hill managed 46 net yards of offense. Cox was 4 of 9 passing for 30 yards with an interception, but he lost 34 yards due to quarterback sacks.
Malone ran 16 times for 36 yards.
Bricker had 18 carries for 132 yards as West had 217 yards on the ground.
Rock Hill 0 0 7 0 = 7
Ports. West 7 21 0 7 = 35
PW — Adam Bricker 66 run (Zach Dials kick) 11:40
PW — Levi Morgan 40 pass from Steven Irwin (Zach Dials kick) 3:42
PW — Zack Frye 41 pass from Steven Irwin (Zach Dials kick) 1:05
PW — Zack Frye 37 interception return (Zach Dials kick) 0:09
RH — Chris Stevens 5 pass from Jonah Cox (Jake Malone kick)
PW — Alec Meeker 4 run (Zach Dials kick) 10:19
First downs 5 10
Rushes-yards 39-16 36-217
Passing yards 30 84
Total yards 46 301
Cmp-Att-Int 4-9-1 3-8-1
Fumbles-lost 2-2 3-3
Penalties-yards 4-60 8-71
Punts-average 5-23.8 0-00.0
RUSHING—Rock Hill: Jake Malone 16-36, Shane Harper 9-15, Jonah Cox 10-minus 34, Chance Blankenship 4-minus 1; Portsmouth West: Adam Bricker 18-132, Alec Meeker 6-47, Zack Frye 10-26, Steven Irwin 3-minus 1.
PASSING—Rock Hill: Jonah Cox 4-9-1 30; Portsmouth West: Steven Irwin 3-8-1 84.
RECEIVING—Rock Hill: Chris Stevens 2-10, Jordan Hairston 1-19, Jake Malone 1-1; Portsmouth West: Levi Morgan 1-40, Zack Frye 1-41, Alec Meeker 1-3.