GASTONIA Despite gaining only 14 yards of offense in the first half, Rocky River got things rolling in the second half to top Gastonia Hunter Huss 28-17 on Friday night.
Rocky River (3-1) ran 21 plays in the first half and only nine went for positive yardage. Huss (1-3) seemed to have all the momentum as Kerrion Moore scored on a 1-yard run with 1:31 left, and the Huskies stopped Rocky River and had the ball in the final minute near midfield.
But Rocky River’s Lamar Hood made the defensive play of the night, as he stripped the ball from Delmonte McClure and sprinted 47 yards for a touchdown with 17 seconds left in the half to close within 10-9.
“That play was unbelievable,” Rocky River coach Jason Fowler said. “That was a big momentum switch in the game.”
On the opening possession of the second half, Rocky River found its offense, driving 80 yards in 10 plays. Rashaad Brannon scored from 3 yards out to put the Ravens up 15-10.
A 42-yard run by Moore put Huss in position to close the gap, but the Huskies missed a field goal.
Rocky River padded its lead on a Brannon touchdown on ensuing drive. Deron Davis gave Rocky River an insurance touchdown midway through the final quarter. Davis finished with 172 yards in the second half despite having only minus-3 yards in the opening half.
Moore was tremendous for Huss, rushing for 149 yards on 23 carries and adding 60 receiving yards. Brannon finished with 93 yards rushing for Rocky River. Despite the road win, Fowler said his squad needs to figure a way to play a complete game.
“We haven’t come out and played well early in a game yet, and that’s on me,” he said. “We made some adjustments at half and the defense carried us again, but we have to play a full game, and I think we’ll fix it.”
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