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Gallipolis pulls away from RH

Jim Walker

GALLIPOLIS — That ugly word showed up again on Friday night.
Turnovers have plagued the Rock Hill Redmen all season — mainly fumbles — and they reared their ugly head again in a 43-20 loss to the Gallipolis Blue Devils in an Ohio Valley Conference game.
The Redmen were down just 14-13 at the half but had all three of their turnovers in the second half that led to 14 points for Gallipolis.
Rock Hill (2-6, 1-4) had only 99 of its 278 total yards in the second half.
Logan Hankins ran 14 times for 81 yards and Zak Adkins carried 18 times for 81 yards while T.J. McGinnis had 79 yards on 16 attempts for a balanced attack.
Quarterback Brayden Friend added 37 yards on six tries for the ground-oriented Redmen.
Gallipolis (7-1, 5-0) had 412 total yards with 232 coming on the ground. Quarterback Justin McClelland ran 13 times for 81 yards and was 13-of-19 passing for 180 yards.
The Blue Devils (7-1, 5-0) will play at Ironton next Friday in a showdown for first place in the league.
Jacob Campbell went 2- yards for a touchdown to cap a 63-yard, 11-play drive in the first quarter. McClelland threw to Campbell for the conversion.
Rock Hill answered with a 79-yard, 14-play drive with Friend going 10 yards for the score. Brady Floyd kicked the conversion and it was 8-7.
Campbell’s 11-yard run for a touchdown ended a 60-yard, 7-play drive and it was 14-7 with 11:53 left in the half.
But Adkins ran 22 yards for a touchdown to culminate at 65-yard, 14-play march and the Redmen were down 14-13 with 4:36 left in the half.
Gallipolis recovered an onside kickoff at the 37-yard line to start the second half and four plays later McClelland hit James Armstrong with a 22-yard touchdown pass and it was 22-13.
The Blue Devils then went 63 yards in just five plays as Lane “Boo” Pullins scored at the 4:21 mark and it was 30-13 after McClelland ran for the conversion.
Rock Hill cut the deficit to 30-20 to start the fourth quarter as Friend got loose on a 24-yard scoring run to cap a 65-yard, 9-play march. Floyd kicked the conversion.
But Gallipolis came back with an 11-yard scoring run by Campbell to finish off a 68-yard, 8-play drive with 9:17 left. Andrew Toler kicked the conversion.
After recovering another fumble at the 34, the Blue Devils scored in five plays as Armstrong ran 15 yards with 6:26 to go.
Next Friday, Rock Hill hosts Chesapeake.
Rock Hill 7 6 0 7 = 20
Gallipolis 8 6 16 13 = 43
First Quarter
Ga — Jacob Campbell 2 run (Campbell pass from Justin McClelland) 8:48
RH — Brayden Friend 10 run (Brady Floyd kick) 1:00
Second Quarter
Ga — Jacob Campbell 11 run (pass failed) 11:53
RH — Zak Adkins 22 run (kick blocked) 4:36
Third Quarter
Ga — James Armstrong 22 pass from Justin McClelland (Armstrong pass from McClelland) 8:20
Ga — Lane “Boo” Pullins 8 run (Justin McClelland run) 4:21
Fourth Quarter
RH — Brayden Friend 24 run (Brady Floyd kick) 11:51
Ga — Jacob Campbell 11 run (Andrew Toler kick) 9:17
Ga — James Armstrong 15 run (run failed) 6:26
First downs 18 26
Rushes-yards 54-278 39-232
Passing yards 0 180
Total yards 278 412
Cmp-Att-Int 0-1-0 13-19-0
Fumbles-lost 3-3 1-1
Penalties-yards 5-45 8-40
Punts-average 2-37.5 1-32.0
Individual Leaders
RUSHING — Rock Hill: Logan Hankins 14-81, Zak Adkins 18-81, T.J. McGinnis 16-79, Brayden Friend 6-37; Gallipolis: Justin McClelland 13-81, Jacob Campbell 8-46, Lane “Boo” Pullins 9-39, Michael Beasy 6-38, James Armstrong 2-23, Briar Williams 1-5.
PASSING — Rock Hill: Brayden Friend 0-1-0; Gallipolis: Justin McClelland 13-19-0 180.
RECEIVING — Rock Hill: None; Gallipolis: Cory Call 4-51, James Armstrong 4-46, Cade Roberts 3-51, Michael Beasy 1-21, Cole Davis 1-11.