PEDRO — It was a good first game performance for the Rock Hill Redmen.
However, the Minford Falcons ultimately put together an even better performance.
Rock Hill punted once but the ever-explosive Breydan Tilley returned it for a touchdown and a Redmen potential scoring drive ended at the Minford 29, when the Falcons forced Rock Hill into its only fumble of the game.
Those mistakes, and Minford’s poise in capitalizing on them, ended up with the Falcons taking home a 22-21 win over the Redmen in the season opener on Friday.
Minford rushed for 202 yards and quarterback Kelton Kelley was 8-of-15 passing for 86 yards — 23 coming at the end of the first half with Rock Hill in a prevent. Kelley also ran 12 times for 78 yards.
Darius Jordan added 61 yards on 12 attempts and Mason Bricker 34 yards on 11 tries.
The teams matched field goals in the first quarter as Minford’s Talen Coriell kicked a 41-yarder and Rock Hill’s Brady Floyd answered with a 26-yarer at the 5:07 mark.
Kelley had a 6-yard scoring run to cap a 71-yard, 13-play drive that put Minford up 9-3 with 11:54 left in the half.
But Rock Hill tied the game on a 5-yard run by Logan Hankins with 8:42 on the second quarter clock and then Brayden Friend’s 1-yard run culminated a 69-yard, 13-play march highlighted by Adkins’ 24-yard run on the first play and his 18-yard reception that got the ball to the 1-yard line.
However, Minford erased the 15-9 deficit when Tilley returned a punt 64 yards for the score and Coriell’s kick put the Falcons up 16-15.
Rock Hill came right back and used a 40-yard run by Barnette to set up his own 1-yard scoring run and the Redmen were back in front by a 21-16 tally.
The Falcons came back by obtaining a good kickoff return to the Rock Hill 47 and used nine plays to score as Jordan ran one yard to put Minford in front again at 22-21.
Rock Hill then drove to the Minford 29 only to fumble the ball away.
Minford ate some clock before punting and Rock Hill had the ball at its own nine-yard line. The Redmen got the ball to the 16 before turning it over on downs.
With the victory, Minford moves to 1-0 preceding a showdown at Oak Hill on Friday. Rock Hill will play host to Northwest on the same night.
Minford 3 6 7 6 — 22
Rock Hill 3 12 6 0 — 21
Mi — Talen Coriell 41 field goal
RH — Brady Floyd 26 field goal
Mi — Kelton Kelley 6 run (kick blocked)
RH — Logan Hankins 5 run (kick failed)
RH — Brayden Friend 1 run (run failed)
Mi — Breydan Tilley 64 punt return (Talen Coriell kick)
RH — Cameron Barnette 1 run (pass failed)
Mi — Darius Jordan 1 run (run failed)
First downs 12 17
Rushes-yards 39-202 57-257
Passing yards 86 9
Total yards 288 266
Cmp-Att-Int 8-15-0 2-3-0
Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-1
Penalties-yards 7-45 2-10
Punts-average 3-34.0 1-36.0
RUSHING —Minford: Kelton Kelley 12-78, Darius Jordan 12-61, Mason Bricker 11-34, Breydan Tilley 3-27, Casey Gaines 1-2; Rock Hill: Zak Adkins 16-205, Cameron Barnette 24-123, Logan Hankins 13-33, Brayden Friend 4-7.
PASSING — Minford: Kelton Kelley 8-15-0 86; Rock Hill: Brayden Friend 2-3-0 9.
RECEIVING — Minford: Caleb Dunham 1-20, Tres Spradlin 1-2, Ty Wiget 1-0, Colton McQuate 2-24, Breydan Tilley 1-8, Jordan Bowen 1-18, Darius Jordan 1-9; Rock Hill: Zak Adkins 2-9.