High School Sports

Bearcats get first win of season

WINNSBORO -- Rock Hill's Bearcats got their first win of the season in a big way with a 38-18 pasting of Fairfield Central's Griffins on Friday.

Jonathan Meeks threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Bearcats' offense. The senior quarterback finished 7-for-10 for 75 yards passing.

Mario McCollough caught three TDs and Jerante Hood led the ground attack with 84 yards on 17 carries.

Breon Love recorded a sack, a blocked punt, a batted pass and one tackle for loss on defense. He had a sack and a blocked field goal in the season-opening loss to South Aiken. The senior defensive lineman played much bigger than his listed size of 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds.

"We said in practice this week if Fairfield didn't line up in the I formation, we were coming after them," Love said. "We improved a lot this week."

Love and Company didn't allow the Griffins to cross midfield until 3:34 in the third quarter, when Justin Trapp ran a quarterback keeper around the right side and went untouched for a 62-yard touchdown.

Dominique Cathcart, Asa Watson and Ty Blackmon notched second-half sacks for Rock Hill.

Rock Hill, 1-2, scored on its first two possessions. A 79-yard opening drive ended with Meeks' first touchdown pass, a 9-yard strike to Adrian Ruffin.

Meeks scored on the first play of the second quarter on a 3-yard keeper.

The Bearcats forced Fairfield (0-2) to fumble at Rock Hill's 43 on a play in which Griffins quarterback McKendrix Thompson should have just taken a sack.

Rock Hill's Brandon Berger kicked a 42-yard field goal to make it 17-0.

Meeks hooked up with Mario McCollough twice in the final minutes of the first half. Both scoring plays were timing patterns to the left corner of the end zone. Both plays were designed and executed to perfection.

Rock Hill coach Joe Montgomery applauded his troops for the effort. He said the defense played great and the offensive line that received a shake-up this week really came through.

"We moved Asa Watson and Breon to the offensive tackle position," Montgomery explained. "We needed to get older kids on the line, and we played well.

"The kids have played hard all three weeks. We lost one, we gave one away and we got ours tonight."

Rock Hill 7 24 0 7 -- 38

F. Central 0 0 6 6 -- 18

Rock Hill 38

F. Central 18