Turnovers key as Redmen face OH
PEDRO — The schedule reads Oak Hill vs. Rock Hill. It could easily read Giveaways vs. Takeaways.
While Oak Hill has been plagued by turnovers in two games, Rock Hill has been generous with the ball on just one occasion — a first-game interception.
Turnovers have played a big part in the success of the Redmen and disappointment of the Oaks so far this season.
Rock Hill has won both its games handily, beating Minford 33-14 in the opener and routing Northwest 48-12 last week.
Oak Hill is 0-2 having lost 40-14 to Chesapeake and dropping a 16-14 hearbreaker to Minford last week.
Minford has won six straight over the Oaks including last week.
The Falcons scored with 38 seconds left to go up 16-8, Oak Hill’s Zach Fisher returned the kickoff to the Falcons’ 19 and quarterback Caleb Johnson completed two straight passes including a 9-yard scoring toss to Wes Mullett with 13 seconds to go.
Oak Hill ran for 131 yards and Johnson was 5-of-11 for 43 yards and a score. He threw three interceptions.
The Oaks lost the season opener 40-14 to Chesapeake as they turned the ball over five times. Two of the turnovers — a fumble and interception — were returned for touchdowns.
Johnson (5-10, 225) is a junior who took over the quarterback job this season.
He is joined in the backfield by senior fullback Troy Moore (6-0, 180) and a pair of running backs: junior Hanning Cole (6-1, 185) and sophomore Walker Smith (5-9, 145).
The tight end is senior Todd Moore (6-0, 250) and the split end is Mullett, a 6-2, 175-pound senior.
Anchoring the line are senior Todd Moore (6-0, 250) and junior Ramsey Sites (5-10, 260).
Defensively, Moore and Sites anchor the front line with Mullett and Moore the ends. Sophomore Bayley Clutters (5-7, 170) is the top linebacker.
Kickoff is 7 p.m. on Friday.
In other local games on Friday, Ironton is at Fairland in an Ohio Valley Conference game, Coal Grove visits Portsmouth West, Chesapeake hosts Symmes Valley, Green travels to Eastern Meigs, Portsmouth is at Wheelersburg, Gallipolis travels to Pt. Pleasant, W.Va., Lucasville Valley visits Piketon, Sciotoville East hosts Alexander, Minford entertains Paint Valley, Northwest goes to Huntington Ross, and Portsmouth Notre Dame goes to Grove City Christian.