Freshmen running backs key Redmen romp over Blue Devils

Published 12:32 am Sunday, October 16, 2016

Jim Walker

GALLIPOLIS — The Rock Hill Redmen might have been short a few players, but they were short of any points.
With Rock Hill’s two leading rushers Brady Knipp and Trystan Matney on the sidelines, freshmen Logan Hankins and Zak Adkins combined for 318 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the Redmen shook off a slow start to rout the Gallipolis Blue Devils 51-13 on Friday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.
Hankins ran 16 times for 176 yards and two scores while Adkins had 142 yards on five carries and two touchdowns.
“They didn’t stop our offense. Both of them ran really well. In fact, they really didn’t stop our offense all night,” said Redmen coach Todd Knipp.
Rock Hill (6-2, 3-2) amassed 559 total yards — all on the ground. Mason Darby had 53 yards on seven carries with a touchdown and Gabe Kidd had 45 yards on eight tries.
Quarterback Justin McClelland provided most of the offense for Gallipolis (0-8, 0-5). He was 10-of-20 passing for 103 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while also running 16 times for 51 yards.
The Blue Devils took a 7-0 lead when McClelland hit Cory Call with a 15-yard pass at the 6:38 mark of the first quarter. Ty Howell kicked the conversion.
Rock Hill answered with a 56-yard, eight-play drive and Darby ran 18 yards to make it 7-6.
Hankins went 3 yards for a touchdown to cap a short 36-yard, eight-play drive.
An 80-yard, 11-play drive on Rock Hill’s next possession ended on a 15-yard scoring run by Darby with just 1:10 left in the half.
But the Blue Devils moved quickly as they marched 54 yards on seven plays to score on a 16-yard McClelland to Colton Campbell pass.
Leading just 20-13 at the half, Rock Hill erupted in the third quarter to outscore the Blue Devils 25-0 and extend the lead to 45-13.
“We had so many new kids and we were trying to get them lined up. At halftime we made a couple of adjustments and we made some stops,” said coach Knipp.
The Redmen blew the game open with big plays. Adkins ran 38 yards for a touchdown, Hankins went 77 yards, Tanner Martin scooted 30 yards for a score and Adkins shook loose on an 84-yards touchdown run.
Rock Hill’s final touchdown was a 19-yard run by Gabe Kidd with 9:03 to play.
Next Friday, Rock Hill hosts Chesapeake and Gallipolis visits South Point.
Rock Hill    6    14    25    6    =    51
Gallipolis    7    6    0    0    =    13
First Quarter
Ga — Cory Call 15 pass form Justin McClelland (Ty Howell kick) 6:38
RH — Mason Darby 18 run (kick failed) 3:16
Second Quarter
RH — Logan Hankins 3 run (pass failed) 9:09
RH — Mason Darby 15 run (Tyler Damron pass from Mason Darby) 1:10
Ga — Colton Campbell 16 pass from Justin McClelland (kick failed) 0:14
Third Quarter
RH — Zak Adkins 38 run (kick failed) 9:50
RH — Logan Hankins 77 run (pass failed) 7:48
RH — Tanner Martin 30 run (kick failed) 5:21
RH — Zak Adkins 84 run (Cameron Barnette kick) 1:01
Fourth Quarter
RH — Gabe Kidd 19 run (kick failed) 9:03
RH    Gal
First downs    32    11
Rushes-yards    56-559    30-70
Passing yards    0    103
Total yards    559    173
Com-Att-Int    0-1-0    10-20-1
Fumbles-lost    1-0    3-1
Penalties-yards    3-25    1-15
Individual Leaders
RUSHING— RH: Logan Hankins 16-176 2-TD, Gabe Kidd 8-45 TD, Mason Darby 7-53 2-TD, Matt Malone 7-32, Zak Adkins 5-142 2-TD, Dave Grant 4-21, Tanner Martin 3-36 TD, Tim Adkins 3-27, Tyler Cochran 3-27; Gallia: Justin McClelland 16-51, Boo Pullins 6-9, Wyatt Sipple 4-4, Clay Plymale 2-7, Cade Roberts 2-minus 1.
PASSING—RH: Mason Darby 0-1-0; Gallia: Justin McClelland 10-20-1 103 2-TD.
RECEIVING—RH: None; Gallia: Cory Call 4-52 TD, Garrett Burns 3-15, Colton Campbell 2-30 TD,Wyatt Sipple 1-6.

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