Injuries plague Redmen in loss

Published 2:00 am Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Jim Walker


SCIOTOVILLE — The Rock Hill Redmen have been hurt by injuries. They got hurt even more on Friday.

Starting running backs and linebackers Chance Blankenship and Drew McClaskey both went down with injuries in the first quarter in a wild 66-53 loss to the Sciotoville East Tartans.

“Our offense was fine. Defensively is where the injuries started to show up. We lost Blankenship and McClaskey and those are our linebackers,” said Redmen coach Todd Knipp.

“The offense executed well. It just came down to who was going to make the last big play. You could have changed any number of six plays.”

Blankenship — the team’s leading rusher — was hurt after the first series and McClaskey went down after the second series.

Still, the Redmen led 21-14 after the first quarter and 29-22 at the half.

They were up 53-44 in the fourth quarter when Akia Brown returned a punt for a touchdown and it was 53-50, and a pick six by Michael Stiltner gave East a 58-53 lead.

East is now 3-1 and Rock Hill fell to 1-4.

No other details were available at press time.

Rock Hill 21 8 16 8 = 53

Sciotoville East 14 8 16 28 = 66