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Hornets run past Redmen

Coal Grove quarterback Alex Bare gains yardage as Rock Hill’s Bryce Krum pursues. The Hornets won the Ohio Valley Conference opener 62-7. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Josh Morrison



COAL GROVE — Coal Grove’s players had their track shoes on, amassing 332 yards on the ground en route to a 62-7 win over the Rock Hill Redmen.

The Hornets (2-3, 1-0) got on the scoreboard quick when Alex Bare took the opening kickoff of the game 80 yards for a touchdown. Kyle Estep added the two-point conversion to make the score 8-0 just 13 seconds into the game.

After a Rock Hill punt on their opening possession, Coal Grove slowed a bit going 66 yards in nine plays capped by a 7-yard run by Bare. Estep added the two-point conversion to make the score 16-0 with 4:46 to go in the first.

Coal Grove increased its lead on the first play of the second quarter when Brandon Hogsten capped a 5-play, 78-yard drive with a 3-yard run. Isaiah Gunther added the extra point to make the score 23-0 early in the second quarter.

The Hornets extended their lead to 37-0 at halftime on two Isaiah Gunther touchdown runs of 7 yards and 1-yard.

After a Rock Hill (0-6, 0-1) punt to open the second half, the Hornets added to the lead when Hogsten found the end zone from 8 yards out. The extra point was no good, and the score was 43-0 midway through the third.

The Redmen looked to get on the scoreboard on the first play of their next possession when Jonah Cox found a seam and raced for a gain of 36 yards down to the Coal Grove 5.

However, the Hornets’ defense held and forced a fourth down and Rock Hill quarterback Gabe Marzicola’s pass was deflected and intercepted by Coal Grove’s Kyle Estep, who returned it 52 yards.

Seven plays later, Jesse Rigsby found the end zone to increase the lead to 50-0 at the end of the third quarter.

After forcing a Rock Hill punt early in the fourth, Coal Grove extended the lead when Rigsby found Lucas Campbell open behind the secondary for a 42-yard touchdown strike.

The touchdown pass capped a 5-play, 53-yard drive and made the score 56-0 with 7:29 to go in the fourth.

On the second play of the ensuing possession, Coal Grove’s Trevor Barrett got pressure on Marzicola, intercepted the pass, and raced 44 yards to the end zone to extend the lead to 62-0 with 6:31 remaining in the game.

Rock Hill put together a long drive of its own, and Jordan Blagg capped a nine-play, 70-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run. Bryce Krum added the extra point to set the final score of 62-7.

Both teams continue OVC play next week as Rock Hill travels to South Point and Coal Grove hosts River Valley.

Rock Hill 0 0 0 7 = 7

Coal Grove 16 21 13 12 = 62

First Quarter

CG – Alex Bare 80 kickoff return (Kyle Estep run) 11:47

CG – Alex Bare 7 run (Estep run) 4:46

Second Quarter

CG – Brandon Hogsten 3 run (Isaiah Gunther kick) 11:57

CG – Isaiah Gunther 7 run (kick failed) 5:59

CG – Isaiah Gunther 1 run (Estep run) :11

Third Quarter

CG – Brandon Hogsten 8 run (kick failed) 7:43

CG – Jesse Rigsby 13 run (Gunther kick) 2:13

Fourth Quarter

CG – Lucas Campbell 42 pass from Rigsby (run failed) 7:29

CG – Trevor Barrett 44 interception return (kick failed) 6:31

RH – Jordan Blagg 1 run (Bryce Krum kick) 1:41

Team Statistics


First downs 9 17

Rushes-yards 41-146 44-332

Passing yards 0 66

Total yards 146 398

Cmp-Att-Int 0-3-2 2-3-0

Penalties-yards 8-70 6-45

Punts-average 5-30.8 0-0.00


Individual Leaders

RUSHING – Rock Hill: Jonah Cox 13-106, Chance Blankenship 12-24, Shane Harper 8-19, Brandon Blankenship 3-6, Jordan Blagg 1-1 TD, Gabe Marzicola 4- minus 10; Coal Grove: Isaiah Gunther 8-105 2-TD, Kyle Estep 8-62, Alex Bare 6-55 TD, Tanner Murphy 5-55, Brandon Hogsten 9-25 2-TD, Jesse Rigsby 1-13 TD, Ian McFarland 2-10, Greg Carper 3-9, Lucas Campbell 1-1, Team 1- minus 3.

PASSING – Rock Hill: Gabe Marzicola 0-3-0; Coal Grove: Jesse Rigsby 1-1-42 TD, Alex Bare 1-2-24.

RECEIVING – Rock Hill: None; Coal Grove: Lucas Campbell 1-42 TD, Isaiah Gunther 1-24.