High School Football

Rock Hill Bearcats fall to Dorman 38-6 in season opener

Bearcats can’t recover from Dorman’s early dominance

bmccormick@heraldonline.comAugust 25, 2012 

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— “Do something!”

That forlorn cry from a Rock Hill High School football supporter summed up the Bearcats’ struggles in a 38-6 season-opening loss to Dorman High School on Friday night at District Three Stadium. The Bearcats turned the ball over six times and couldn’t overcome a first half where they spotted the visiting Cavaliers 24 points.

“The second quarter killed us,” said Rock Hill coach Joe Montgomery. “They really got after us and we didn’t respond.”

Dorman quarterback Trey Robinson paced the Cavaliers’ powerful run game, rushing for 103 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Running back Shondrell Keenan (5-foot-10, 235 pounds) added 78 yards, many in the second half as the visitors wore down the Bearcats. Dorman outgained the hosts 395 to 197 in total offensive yards.

“We really came out, believe it or not, to throw the football,” said Dorman coach David Gutshall. “We were able to get out there and run the football, which was great for us, but that’s not what we were anticipating.”

Dorman rushed for 235 yards as a team, while holding the Bearcats to just 77 yards on 32 carries. The Cavaliers’ defense showed as much toughness as the offense, forcing six Rock Hill turnovers, including five interceptions. Much was made of Rock Hill’s height advantage at the receiver positions, but Dorman’s secondary, led by Brandon Pinckney’s two picks, preyed upon the Bearcats’ platooning quarterbacks — Josh Erby and Jamel Simpson.

“I thought the defense played super,” said Gutshall. “Brandon Pinckney is one of the top corners in the state. It’s nice to have a lockdown corner that you don’t have to worry about.”

Neither team mustered much in the first quarter. Dorman did take a 7-0 lead with six seconds left though when Keenan capped a nine-play, 61-yard march with a 9-yard scoring run. Rock Hill was unable to find its two 6-foot-5 receivers, Jamel Jones and Jaleel Scott, as the shorter Cavaliers defensive backs shut them down. Dorman’s Payton Whitlock picked off a deflected pass over the middle, setting up a 51-yard touchdown strike from Robinson to Michael Payden, who slipped behind the Bearcats’ secondary.

The situation worsened Robinson found Amavi Draper for a 35-yard gain before busting through the Rock Hill line for a 25-yard touchdown run. As if that didn’t hurt enough, Erby was intercepted on the very next play from scrimmage. The Bearcats, who had won their last four season openers, held Dorman on that drive, but couldn’t stop Hunter Lee from kicking a 32-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

This season is the 10th anniversary of Rock Hill’s undefeated march to the 2002 state title, but Montgomery’s team is a long way from that. Still, the veteran coach acknowledged there is a lot of football left to play.

“We’ll check the film and correct the mistakes,” said Montgomery. “It’s the beginning, not the end.”

Dorman 38, Rock Hill 6

Rock Hill006-6


First quarter

DHS -- Shondrell Keenan 9 run (Hunter Lee kick) 0:06

Second quarter

DHS -- Michael Payden 51 pass from Tre Robinson (Lee kick) 6:01

DHS -- Robinson 25 run (Lee) 4:34

DHS -- Lee 32 yard FG 0:00

Third quarter

DHS -- Daeshon Ross 25 yard interception return (Lee kick) 1:42

Fourth quarter

DHS -- Keenan 8 run (Michael DiMaggio kick) 2:03


First downs1412
Passing yards160120


RUSHING — DHS-Trey Robinson 16-103; Shrondrell Keenan 13-78; Michael Nze 7-39; Desmond Geter 1-8; Jaelin Pearson 2-7. RHHS- Jonathan Adams 16-46; Justin Stokes 4-23; Josh Erby 7-19; Alec Mccoy 3-4; Jamel Simpson 2- -15.

PASSING DHS- Trey Robinson 9-13-0-160; Grayland Fowler 0-3-0-0. RHHS- Josh Erby 14-21-4-111; Jamel Simpson 1-4-1-9.

RECEIVING — DHS- Jaelin Pearson 4-15; Amavi Draper 2-40; Michael Payden 1-51; Kavon Dover 1-32; Curtis Meadows 1-22. RHHS- Jaleel Scott 5-31; Malik Crawford 3-32; Tre Thompson 2-27; Alec Mccoy 2-12; Jamal Jones 1-12; Jonathan Adams 1-9; Jaquan Feaster 1- -3.

RECORDS — Dorman 1-0; Rock Hill 0-1

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