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Redmen blank Pointers

South Point Pointers’ defensive back Brad Perry (6) lunges as he reaches to grab Rock Hill Redmen running back Logan Hankins during last Friday’s Ohio Valley Conference game. Rock Hill won 35-0. This Friday, Rock Hill hosts Ironton while South Point travels to Fairland. (Photo Courtesy Robert S. Stevens of The Gold Studio in Ironton)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

SOUTH POINT — The ground game was still there. This time, the defense came along, too.
The Rock Hill Redmen posted their second shutout of the season as they ran past the South Point Pointers 35-0 in an Ohio Valley Conference game on Friday.
The ground game racked up 398 yards on 37 attempts led by Zak Adkins with 156 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns.
T.J. McGinnis had 73 yards on nine tries and two scores while Logan Hankins ran 10 times for 66 yards.
Rock Hill’s defense limited the Pointers to 26 net yards rushing on 21 attempts.
Quarterback Brody Blackwell returned to the lineup and was 10-of-25 for 100 yards and an interception. Chance Gunther caught five passes for 53 yards and Joel Morrison had four grabs for 37 yards.
After a South Point punt backed the Redmen up to their own 4-yard line, they drove 96 yards in 11 plays capped by McGinnis’ 1-yard run. Brady Floyd kicked the conversion and it was 7-0 at the 3:07 mark.
A 31-yard run by Adkins and a 22-yard run by McGinnis keyed the drive.
South Point elected to go for a first down at the Redmen 46 only to have a pass fall incomplete.
Rock Hill then went 54 yards in six plays as Adkins ran the final yards for the touchdown. Adkins had a 23-yard run and Hankins ran 24 yards to spark the quick drive.
Floyd’s conversion kick made it 14-0 just two plays into the second quarter.
A pair of holding penalties halted Rock Hill’s next drive, but after a South Point punt, the Redmen went 84 yards in six plays Adkins supplied the next touchdown when he broke free on a 63-yard touchdown gallop with 1:59 on the clock.
Floyd’s conversion kick put the lead at 21-0.
The Redmen spent the third quarter shooting themselves in the foot. They lost two fumbles — one on the opening kickoff of the half — and they were called for two penalties that totaled 19 yards and stalled two drives.
In the fourth quarter, Hankins’ 40-yard punt return to set up a 23-yard scoring run by McGinnis as the lead went to 28-0 with 9:54 left in the game.
Bryson Hackworth scored on a 6-yard run for the Redmen backups and it was 35-0 with 2:17 to go. The 60-yard drive took 11 plays.
Next Friday, Rock Hill hosts Ironton and South Point visits Fairland.
Rock Hill 7 14 0 14 = 35
South Point 0 0 0 0 = 0
First Quarter
RH — T.J. McGinnis 1 run (Brady Floyd kick) 3:07
Second Quarter
RH — Zak Adkins 1 run (Brady Floyd kick) 11:17
RH — Zak Adkins 63 run (Brady Floyd kick) 1:59
Fourth Quarter
RH — T.J. McGinnis 23 run (Brady Floyd kick) 9:54
RH — Bryson Hackworth 6 run (Brady Floyd kick) 2:17
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RH SP
First downs 17 9
Rushes-yards 48-398 21-26
Passing yards 12 115
Total yards 410 141
Cmp-Att-Int 1-2-0 12-27-1
Fumbles-lost 4-2 3-0
Penalties-yards 4-39 4-35
Punts-average 1-39.0 4-36.8
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Individual Leaders
RUSHING — Rock Hill: Zak Adkins 13-156, T.J. McGinnis 9-73, Logan Hankins 10-66, Brayden Friend 5-43, Bryson Hackworth 3-23, Hayden Harper 1-6, Brayden Malone 3-18, Owen Hankins 2-11, Hunter Massie 2-2; South Point: JoJo Burris 6-20, Joel Morrison 5-minus 4, Maddox McCallister 3-10, Brody Blackwell 6-6, team 1-minus 6.
PASSING — Rock Hill: Brayden Friend 1-2-0 12; South Point: Brody Blackwell 10-25-1 100, Alex Lambert 2-2-0 15.
RECEIVING — Rock Hill: Zak Adkins 1-12; South Point: Chance Gunther 5-53, Joel Morrison 4-37, Brad Perry 1-10, Malik Pegram 1-8, Brenden Dillon 1-7.