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Redmen use ground attack to beat Hornets in rivalry

Rock Hill Redmen defensive lineman David Grant makes the stop on Coal Grove Hornets’ running back Austin Stormes (10) during Friday’s Ohio Valley Conference game. Rock Hill beat Coal Grove 25-7 for the Redmen first win over the Hornets since 2005. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

COAL GROVE — The Rock Hill Redmen put the rivalry back into this game.
Rock Hill erased a 13-year losing streak as they beat the Coal Grove Hornets for the first time since 2005 with a ground-oriented 25-7 Ohio Valley Conference win on Friday.
Rock Hill (3-7, 2-4) racked up 312 yards rushing led by Logan Hankins with 142 yards on 19 carries. Zak Adkins had 78 yards on 17 attempts and T.J. McGinnis 44 yards on 12 tries.
Coal Grove (4-6, 2-5) finished with 221 total yards with 106 coming on the ground and quarterback Nate Harmon was 10-of-15 for 115 yards but three interceptions.
Kyle Sites led the ground game with 77 yards on 13 carries. Aaron Music caught four passes for 67 yards and Austin Stormes had two catches for 41 yards.
The Hornets went three-and-out to start the game but recovered a fumbled punt at the Rock Hill 41.
Ten plays later the Hornets were at the 4-yard line only to fumble and Rock Hill recovered at the 5.
The Redmen methodically drove to the Hornets’ 28 in 12 plays and then Zak Adkins darted 28 yards around right end and it was 6-0 with 10:56 on the second quarter clock.
Coal Grove again fumbled on its next possession and the Redmen took over at their own 40.
This time the drive lasted 11 plays with quarterback Brayden Friend going the final yard for the scored and it was 12-0 at the 4:01 mark.
The Hornets lost yardage on each of their next three plays and punted from their own end zone as Rock Hill got the ball at the Coal Grove 37.
It took nine plays to score as Friend hit Hankins with a 5-yard touchdown pass with just 15 seconds left in the half and the lead was 18-0.
Rock Hill took the second half kickoff and marched from the 44 to the Hornets’ 1-yard line. But a penalty and two fumbles — the second recovered by the Hornets — halted the scoring attempt.
Coal Grove then used the passing of Harmon to go 88 yards in eight plays for a touchdown. Harmon was 5-of-6 on the drive for 63 yards including an 11-yard scoring strike to a wide-open Jalen McKenzie in the left corner of the end zone.
Evan Holmes conversion kick cut the spread to 18-7 as the quarter ended.
Rock Hill was forced to punt but Jake Bevins’ interception gave the ball back to the Redmen at midfield.
Hankins ran 10 yards for the touchdown on the 10th play of the drive and Victor Aguilera’s conversion kick made it 25-7 with 4:48 to play.
Coal Grove moved to the Rock Hill 26 before an interception by Adkins ended any scoring hopes and the Redmen ran out the clock three plays later.
Quinn Depriest also had an interception for the Redmen.
Rock Hill 0 18 0 7 = 25
Coal Grove 0 0 7 0 = 7
Second Quarter
RH — Zak Adkins 28 run (kick failed) 10:56
RH — Brayden Friend 1 run (run failed) 4:01
RH — Logan Hankins 5 pass from Brayden Friend (kick failed) 0:15
Third Quarter
CG — Jaylen McKenzie 11 pass from Nate Harmon (Evan Holmes kick) 0:00
Fourth Quarter
RH — Logan Hankins 11 run (Victor Aguilera kick) 4:48
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RH CG
First downs 21 13
Rushes-yards 60-312 23-106
Passing yards 5 115
Total yards 317 221
Cmp-Att-Int 1-2-0 10-15-3
Fumbles-lost 3-2 2-2
Penalties-yards 4-25 3-15
Punts-average 1-22.0 2-32.5
Individual Leaders
RUSHING — Rock Hill: Logan Hankins 19-142, Brayden Friend 8-22, T.J. McGinnis 12-44, Zak Adkins 17-78, Hayden Harper 4-26; Coal Grove: Kyle Sites 13-77, Jaylen McKenzie 1-5, Aaron Music 2-13, Nate Harmon 6-9, Cory Borders 1-2.
PASSING — Rock Hill: Brayden Friend 1-2-0 5; Coal Grove: Nate Harmon 10-15-3 115.
RECEIVING — Rock Hill: Logan Hankins 1-5; Coal Grove: Aaron Music 4-67, Austin Stormes 2-41, Jalen McKenzie 4-12.