PEDRO, Ohio — Rock Hill undoubtedly subscribes to the theory that you should save your best for last.
The River Valley football team led 24-13 early in the fourth quarter but the Redmen answered with a 26-to-7 run to win the Ohio Valley Conference game 39-31, Friday night in Lawrence County.
The Raiders (1-7, 0-3) got on the board first with 27 yard field goal by Devin McDonald at the 3:17 mark of the first quarter. RVHS got on the board again at the 4:50 mark of the second quarter with a five yard touchdown pass from Dayton Hardway to Austin Bradley. McDonald added the point after and RVHS led 10-0.
With just under a minute left until halftime River Valley junior Dustin Bickers ran in a three-yard touchdown and, after the McDonald extra point, put the Raiders up 17-0 at halftime.
It was a different game after halftime, as the Redmen Rattled off two scores, the first on a Jonah Cox one-yard touchdown run and the second on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Gabe Marzicola to Austin Collins. Jake Malone was 1-of-2 on extra-points and RVHS led 17-13.
Austin Bradley punched in a one yard touchdown and McDonald hit the point after to expand the RVHS lead to 24-13 with 9:35 remaining in the game.
That’s when the Redmen took over, Jonah Cox ran a one-yard touchdown, Marzicola ran a two-yard touchdown and an 18-yard touchdown and finally Chance Blankenship ran a five-yard touchdown to put Rock Hill up 39-24 with 1:58 remaining.
Hardway completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Bickers with :33 seconds left and McDonald hit the extra-point to pull the Raiders within one score. RVHS failed to score again and fell to Rock Hill 39-31.
Dayton Hardway was 26-of-49 passing for 371 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.
Austin Bradley led all receivers with 196 yards on 13 receptions and a score. Kirk Morrow had nine catches for 133 yards. Bickers caught one pass for 25 yards and a score, while Tyler Twyman caught two passes for 10 yards and Mark Wray had one catch for seven yards.
On the ground Justin Arrowood ran 10 times for 49 yards, Bradley had three yards and a score on four attempts. Bickers had one three yard run for a touchdown, Wray ran twice for two yards and Hardway was stopped for negative five yards on his lone carry.
Marzicola was 5-of-9 passing for 108 yards with a touchdown, while Collins had three receptions for 79 yards and a score. Drew McClaskey had two catches for 29 yards.
Jonah Cox was the games leading rusher with 150 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, followed by Chance Blankenship with 119 yards and a score on 17 carries. Marzicola ran nine times for 56 yards and two scores and Jordan Hairston had six yards on one carry.
The River Valley held a 20-to-18 advantage in first downs but RHHS held a 437-to-423 advantage in total yards. RVHS was penalized 11 times for 80 yards, while Rock Hill was flagged nine times for 95 yards.
Rock Hill has now defeated River Valley five straight times and Redmen’s last three wins have came against RVHS.
River Valley will travel to South Point next Friday, while Rock Hill will travel to Fairland.