OAK HILL - The Oak Hill Oaks overcame three turnovers Friday night at Davis Stadium to register their second straight come-from-behind victory, this a 20-13 win over the Rock Hill Redman in the 64th annual Battle of the Hills .The win evened the series with 32 victories for each team in a series spanning from 1952 to the present.
The contest was a battle of offense vs offense as each team moved up and down the field trying to gain superiority over the other. Rock Hill won the first half piling up 126 yards running and 65 passing stripes. Oak Hill managed 136 yards on the ground in the first half. The second half was totally opposite of the first. Oak Hill rolled up 95 yard in each of the third and fourth quarter finishing with 223 total yards of offense--all on the ground.
After piling up 126 yards in the first half, the Oak Hill defensive unit limited Rock Hill to 35 yards in the second half. Walker Smith led Oak Hill, and all rushers, with 121 yards on seven carries. Zach Fisher finished with 74 yards on 15 yards while Bailey Clutters, who picked up several key first downs in the second half, had 96 yards on 13 carries. Cameron Barnette paced Rock Hill with 66 yards on 14 carries all in the first half,. An allergic reaction to something during the game kept Barnette out the entire second half. JD Hackworth had 48 yards on 16 tries while Zack Adkins, who rushed for 194 yards last week on six attempts, had just 30 yards in twice as many carries against the Oaks.
Oak Hill scoring on their opening possession driving 70 yards in four plays. The drive was capped by a 56-yard scamper by Walker Smith at the 10:-05 mark. Ramsey Sites point after attempt was wide right and Oak Hill led 6-0. Rock Hill, who had turned the ball over twice on downs in their first two attempts, were more successful on the third driving the ball deep into Oak Hill territory. However, they would they would even the score at six at the 3:15 in the second quarter. Brayden Friend found a wide open Zack Adkins on a 64-yard touchdown strike. The extra point was blocked and the score was tied.
A second Oak Hill fumble set Rock Hill up at the 33 yard line with just over three minutes to play in the half. They covered the ground in five plays with Barnett bulling his way in from five years out. The extra point was good and Redman led 13-6 with 44.4 second left.
Oak Hill recovered a fumble to begin the third quarter getting possession at the 17 yard line but they would have to give the ball up on downs at the 12. Oak Hill forced the Redman into a punting situation on their next possession. Aided by a 39 year-run by Bailey Clutters, the Oaks were set up with a first and 10 at the 14, After an 11-yard run by Tommy Kerns Clutters covered the final three yards. It came at the 5:43 remaining, the extra point was blocked and the Oaks trailed 13-12.
Oak Hill scored the go ahead touchdown midway through the fourth quarter when they drove 76 yards in eight plays. Walker Smith set up the touchdown scampering 43 yards to the 17. After Smith gained another 16 yards and moved the ball to the one. Then, Clutters ran in the ball from the one, with 6:36 left to give Oak Hill the victory. He also added the two-point conversion. The Redman returned the ensuing kickoff the Oak Hill to the 49. Six plays later the Redman moved to the Oak Hill 23 where they had a first down. Two more thrusts into the Oak Hill defense earned them no yards and with time running out, Tommy Kerns batted down an almost sure touchdown pass across the middle and preserve the win. Oak Hill took possession and would run the clock out.
Oak Hill returns to action next week when they open Southern Ohio Conference Division I play against Symmes Valley at Davis Stadium.