Rock Hill coach Joe Montgomery was so nervous before his Bearcats' game against Mauldin that he took the morning off from work. This was an important game for Rock Hill after a disappointing loss last week to South Pointe.
He got his message across to the Bearcats' offense as they blasted the Mavericks 49-13 to even their record at 3-3.
"I made it very clear to the offense after practice Wednesday that I was tired of the way they were playing," Montgomery said. "I told them I don't want to hear about our offense being the worst in the area anymore."
Johnathan Meeks threw for two touchdowns and ran for another from the quarterback position. He played much of the second half as a wide receiver and caught a game-high four passes for 60 yards.
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Rock Hill led 21-7 late in the first half. Faced with a third-and-long play, Meeks rolled out to his left and launched a long pass to Adrian Ruffin, who gathered it in at the 20 and strolled in for a 75-yard touchdown.
Two plays later, Rock Hill junior linebacker Terrance Bingham intercepted Mauldin's Andrew Shaw for the second time in the game. This time he returned it 36 yards for a touchdown.
Rock Hill led 35-7 at the intermission.
Bingham, who had 12 tackles last week, also caused a fumble in the first half that led to Rock Hill's first score.
With the big lead Montgomery was able to open up the playbook in the second half. Sophomore Jujuan Crockett completed 6-of-7 passes for 104 yards in the game.
Running back Jerante Hood ran for 119 yards and a touchdown.
"I knew if we didn't win tonight we were in trouble," Montgomery said. "I was more nervous for this game than any of the championship games I've been in. Anytime you go against an 0-5 team, you don't know what they might do because you know they will want to try some new things."
Rock Hill returns to Region 3-AAAA action next week against Clover.
Mauldin 0 7 0 6 -- 13
Rock Hill 14 21 7 7 -- 49
First downs 14 16
Rushes-yards 38-157 30-128
Comp-Att-Int 8-16-2 8-9-0
Passing yards 51 194
Fumbles-lost 3-2 4-2
Penalties-yards 5-35 13-106