Hornets storm past Pointers

September 15, 2018

By RICK ELMORE The Herald-Dispatch relmore@herald-dispatch.com COAL GROVE -- Defending Ohio Valley Conference football champion Coal Grove opened defense of its title Friday with a 55-14 thrashing of South Point at Patterson Field. The game was first in the conference for each team with Coal Grove displaying a lot of the same offensive play that earned the championship a year ago. That offense was led by quarterback Nate Harmon who rushed for three touchdown and passed for another on only six carries for 110 yards in the victory for Coal Grove (3-1, 1-0 OVC). Additionally, the senior quarterback completed 7 of 12 attempts for 96 yards -- all in the first half. Harmon had help, too. Coal Grove had 11 different rushers, including Harmon, who carried a combined 37 times for 427 yards for the Hornets who dominated the game almost from the beginning. South Point (0-4, 0-1) took the opening drive of the game at their own 29-yard-line and turned the ball over on downs at the Coal Grove 21. The Hornets needed just two plays to score their first touchdown on a 59-yard run by Harmon. By the end of the first quarter the Hornets held a 19-7 lead and led 33-14 at halftime. South Point had two touchdown passes from quarterback Brody Blackwell to Chance Gunther to first tie the game 7-7 in the first quarter and then cut the Hornets lead to 26-14. Blackwell finished 8 for 18 passing with two interceptions and the two scores. One of his two interceptions came in the first quarter when Austin Stormes stepped in front of his pass and returned it 30 yards for a TD that gave the Hornets a 19-7 advantage. Stormes later added a 53-yard rushing score that put Coal Grove ahead 47-14 in the first 11 seconds of the fourth quarter. From then on the game was played with a running clock. <ct:Bold>SOUTH POINT 7 7 0 0 -- 14 COAL GROVE 19 14 8 14 -- 55 <ct:>CG -- Harmon 59 run (Holmes kick). SP -- Gunther 69 pass from Blackwell (Collins kick). CG -- Workman 17 pass from Harmon (kick failed). CG -- Stormes 30 INT (kick failed). CG -- Harmon 15 run (Holmes kick). SP -- Gunther 54 pass from Blackwell (Collins kick). CG -- McKenzie 20 run (Holmes kick). CG -- Harmon 25 run (Harmon run). CG -- Stormes 53 run (kick blocked). CG -- Hunt 1 run (Ferguson run).

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