A dismal season for Rock Hill got a little more so Friday night as Clover ran over and around them for a 35-14 win.
The victory was just the second in four Region 3-AAAA games for the Blue Eagles, who evened their record to 2-2.
Senior quarterback Aaron Miller ran for just 67 yards on the ground, which put him close to 1,100 yards the season. Still, Miller scored three touchdowns.
Rock Hill's loss was its fourth straight - the Bearcats' worst streak since 1991, when they lost five in a row.
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"We couldn't get any field position in the second half," said Rock Hill coach Joe Montgomery. "We didn't recover very well."
The game was sealed in the fourth quarter when senior Davontay Brown scored his second of two touchdowns in the game to ice things for Clover and give the Eagles a three-touchdown lead.
"Our defense did a good job," said Clover coach Jet Turner. "We decided to play better in the second half."
The Bearcats scored first, using a one-two punch with juniors Dre Williams and Corey Wessinger at quarterback. Wessinger passed the ball and Williams ran it as the Bearcats' running game did its job. Rock Hill scored after 11 plays with senior Arthur Heyward running in from 16 yards out.
Clover used a bevy of running backs to take its second possession down the field. Senior Quontavious Kennedy's 29-yard run and a Rock Hill penalty on the play got the Blue Eagles near the red zone. Clover scored seven plays later on a 1-yard run by Brown. Clover went to tie the game, but the extra point was blocked by Bearcats junior Ian McDowell.
In the second quarter, Clover got a 31-yard run from Brown to get to the Rock Hill 22-yard line. Miller scored on the next play. The Blue Eagles made up for the missed extra point when freshman Ladarius Adams converted a two-point conversion.
Rock Hill used its height to make the most of its next drive, as Wessinger hit 6-foot-4 Jamel Jones for a 13-yard touchdown to tie the game. The nine-play drive consisted of six passes to move the ball 80 yards for the score. Jones caught three of those passes.
The Bearcats' defense came up big as they stopped Clover with just under a minute left in the first half to keep the game tied.
The teams were evenly matched throughout the first half, combining for 19 first downs. Penalties hurt Rock Hill, costing 25 yards on five penalties.
Clover rushed for 156 yards in the first half, while Rock Hill passed for 140 yards.
As much as the first half was an offensive showdown, the second half began as a defensive struggle.
Clover recovered the second half kickoff at the 25-yard line giving it excellent field position to open the third quarter.
The Blue Eagles would score on five plays, including a 14-yard run by senior Derrick Carothers. Miller then scored from five yards out.
ROCK HILL 14
RH - Arthur Heyward 16 run (Micah Burklin kick)
C - Davontay Brown 1 run (kick blocked)
C - Aaron Miller 22 run (Ladarius Adams two-point conversion)
RH - Corey Wessinger to Jamel Jones 13 pass (Burklin kick)
C - Miller 5 run (Trey Childress kick)
C - Miller 4 run (Childress kick)
C - Brown 10 run (Childress kick)
RUSHING - Clover: Aaron Miller 15-67, Davontay Brown 11-62, Zavian Sherer 5-35, Quontavious Kennedy 4-38, Derrick Carothers 13-93, Ladarius Adams 3-8, Devin Adams 2-4, Aaron Griffin 1-(-4), Dekevis Adams 1-2. Rock Hill: Arthur Heyward 13-34, Dre Williams 3-40, Jonathan Adams 3-6, Corey Wessinger 1-1, Josh Erby 1-(-6).
PASSING - Clover: Miller 1-6-1 21. Rock Hill: Wessinger 14-27-1 163, Erby 1-6-1 8.
RECEIVING - Clover: Nicholas Derderian 1-21. Rock Hill: Trey Murdock 4-36, Jamel Jones 5-81, Jaleel Scott 1-8, Justin McClure 1-8, Micah Burklin 1-13, Joe Perry 3-31.
RECORDS: Clover 8-2, 2-2; Rock Hill 2-8, 0-4