Redmen use strong 2nd half to rally by Oaks, 33-14

Published 1:08 am Monday, September 12, 2016

Jim Walker


PEDRO — The Rock Hill Redmen had only one turnover going into Friday’s game against Oak Hill while the Oaks had been plagued by turnovers.

The Redmen were guilty of two turnovers in the first half and found themselves trailing for the first time this season.

“We kind of pressed early and Oak Hill took advantage and capitalized on good field position. Once we settled in we were able to make the adjustments and play better,” said Rock Hill coach Todd Knipp.

“We finally got in a rhythm offensively and were able to run the ball and mix it up. We’ve been getting good contributions from all our backs.”

But the Redmen started to take care of the football in the second quarter and scored 33 unanswered points en route to a 33-14 win over the Oaks.

Rock Hill (3-0) did all its damage on the ground. The Redmen can the ball 51 times for 410 yards.

The game was a tale of two halves. Oak Hill had 182 total yards in the first half while Rock Hill had 154.

“They controlled the ball the first half and did a good job keeping our offense off the field,” said Knipp.

“We finally got in a rhythm offensively and were able to run the ball and mix it up. We’ve been getting good contributions from all our backs.”

But the Redmen took over from there and held the Oaks to just 34 yards in the second half and 216 for the game.

The Redmen fumbled the opening kickoff and Oak Hill recovered at the 44. Three plays later Caleb Johnson hit Jaymen Travis with a 25-yard scoring pass. Bailey Clutters ran for the conversion and an 8-0 lead with 9:47 on the clock.

Travis came up with an interception and Oak Hill had the ball at the Rock Hill 39.

This time the Oaks used six plays to score as Johnson threw 13 yards to Travis with 8:45 left in the half.

Rock Hill then started its comeback by driving 89 yards in nine plays capped by Trystan Matney’s 24-yard scamper and it was 14-6 with 1:129 left in the half.

Rock Hill’s defense came up big as the Oaks got to the Rock Hill 10-yard line only to have time run out.

But then came the second half.

Rock Hill went on a 12-play, 64-yard drive capped by quarterback Mason Darby’s 17-yard run. Darby also ran for the conversion to tie the game

Following a 15-yard Oak Hill punt, Rock Hill got a 44-yard scoring run by Tim Adkins to take the lead for good at 20-14.

Rock Hill pulled away in the fourth quarter as Logan Hankins bolted 39 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-14 and then the Redmen went 52 yards in eight plays culminating with Adkins 13-yard scoring run.

Johnson was 11-of-21 passing for 144 yards. Travis caught seven passes for 99 yards and two scores. Zach Fisher ran 13 times for 47 yards.


Oak Hill 8 6 0 0 = 14

Rock Hill 0 6 14 13 = 33

First Quarter

OH — Jaymen Travis 25 pass from Caleb Johnson (Bailey Clutters run)

Second Quarter

OH — Jaymen Travis 13 pass from Caleb Johnson (run failed)

RH — Trystan Matney 24 run (kick failed)

Third Quarter

RH — Mason Darby 17 run (Darby run)

RH — Tim Adkins 44 run (run failed)

Fourth Quarter

RH — Logan Hankins 39 run (run failed)

RH — Tim Adkins 13 run (Trystan Matney kick)

Individual Leaders

RUSHING—OH: Zach Fisher 13-47; RH: Brady Knipp 15-47, Trystan Matney 10-68 TD, Tim Adkins 7-89 2-TD, Mason Darby 11-89 TD, Logan Hankins 8-117 TD.

PASSING—OH: Caleb Johnson 11-21-0 144 2-TD; RH: Mason Darby 0-3-1.

RECEIVING—OH: Jaymen Travis 7-99 2-TD; RH: None.