Gaffney strikes early and often in rout of Rock Hill
10/15/2011 12:00 AM
10/17/2011 2:33 PM
Rock Hill might have "Hail to the Redskins" ringing in their ears for the next few days.
The Gaffney Indians marching band played that tune again and again in a 72-13 win against the Bearcats in Region 3-AAAA action at District Three Stadium on Friday.
Gaffney (8-0, 2-0) rolled up 30 points in the first quarter, 28 points in the second quarter and 479 yards by halftime. The Indians finished with 656 total yards.
Rock Hill coach Joe Montgomery, who coached at Gaffney from 1991-2002, knew the Indians would live up to their top-10 national billing.
"They're an outstanding team," Montgomery said. "They're big, strong and they have all the tools. We made them look a little better than they are, truthfully. We didn't play well."
Rock Hill (4-4, 0-2) earned a break on the first drive. Gaffney's C.J. Miller raced 59 yards on a third-down screen pass to the Bearcats 5-yard line, but he was stripped by Rock Hill's Dre Williams and teammate Syveon Howard recovered the fumble.
That break was short lived. The Bearcats took a safety on the next play from scrimmage, and the Indians scored on a 1-yard run by Joey Copeland for a quick 9-0 lead with 8:16 left in the first quarter.
Gaffney blocked a punt on the ensuing drive, and Miller atoned with a 5-yard touchdown run and a 16-0 advantage. Hyleck Foster and Copeland added rushing touchdowns to inflate the lead to 30-0 after one quarter. Copeland and Miller each scored again in the second quarter.
Rock Hill responded with a 10-play, 77-yard drive highlighted by tough running from Alec McCoy and a 15-yard touchdown pass from Kenterius Hinton to Jamel Jones.
The Indians answered with a pair of touchdown passes by Copeland before the half for a 58-6 advantage.
Copeland had 292 passing yards, 89 rushing yards and five total touchdowns at the half.
The Bearcats opened the second half in style with a four-play scoring drive that covered 80 yards in 55 seconds. Hinton finished with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jones.
Running backs Jonathan Adams and Alec McCoy combined for 141 rushing yards.
That those were the highlights in a second half played mostly by Gaffney's reserves.
Rock Hill's upcoming schedule features three region games against Spartanburg, Clover and Northwestern. Once again, it's time to move on.
"I'm just glad that we have three games left so we can let people know that's not what Rock Hill football is about," Montgomery said.
"Because that was embarrassing. That's what I'm looking forward to."
GAFFNEY 72, ROCK HILL 13
G-Safety Kenterius Hinton tackled in end zone
G-Joey Copeland 1 run (Victor Ramirez kick)
G-C.J. Miller 5 run (Ramirez kick)
G-Hyleck Foster 12 run (Ramirez kick)
G-Copeland 41 run (Ramirez kick)
G-Copeland 7 run (Ramirez kick)
G-Miller 4 run (Ramirez kick)
RH-Kenterius Hinton 15 pass to Jamel Jones (kick failed)
G-Copeland 9 pass to Quinshad Davis (Ramirez kick)
G-Copeland 17 pass to Shaquille Davidson (Ramirez kick)
RH-Hinton 14 pass to Jones (J.D. Raad kick)
G-Miller 17 run (Ramirez kick)
G-Joey Gaines 3 run (Ramirez kick)
RUSHING -- GAFFNEY: Copeland 10-103, Miller 11-66, Foster 12-62, Davidson 1-10, Gaines 4-17, Dominique Wilkins 6-5. ROCK HILL: Jonathan Adams 9-70, Alec McCoy 13-71, Hinton 6-3, LaBrandon Kennedy 1-(-8).
PASSING -- GAFFNEY: Copeland 17-24-0, 371 yards, Luke Lancaster 3-7-1, 22 yards. ROCK HILL: Hinton 18-38-1, 165 yards, Josh Erby 0-2-0, 0 yards.
RECEIVING -- GAFFNEY: Davis 4-71, Miller 1-59, Davidson 5-119, Ryan Frock 4-40, Brandon Bevis 3-40, Gaines 1-18, Colt Freeman 1-0. ROCK HILL: Jones 6-111, Adams 3-2, Dre Williams 4-30, McCoy 1-2, Montez McCullough 1-7, Jaleel Scott 3-13.
RECORDS: Gaffney 8-0 (2-0), Rock Hill 4-4 (0-2).
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