Football defeats Rock Hill at homecoming game


Katie Dolberry

Junior linebacker Dillon Magee runs the ball after catching a punt. Magee was brought down on the 34 yard line.

Football ended homecoming night with a win against Rock Hill, adding to their undefeated season. The team closed it out with a 48-22 win against the Blue Hawks, bringing their total wins to six.

“I think the team played good,” junior linebacker Philip Joest said. “We are still getting rolling and fixing some small mistakes while playing, but overall, we are getting where we want to be.”

Senior quarterback Ralph Rucker threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns, and the team rushed for 205 yards total and scored four touchdowns. Sophomore wide receiver Jaxson Lavender had one of the touchdowns, as well as a kickoff return for a touchdown. The Leopards defense held the Blue Hawks to 48 rushing yards and an interception. They also stopped the Blue Hawks on third down four out of 16 times in the game.

We felt really comfortable in the run game,” linebacker coach Robert Lewis said. “So we felt good about stopping the run game, and being efficient on that. And as far as offense goes, we were confident going downfield, and we were confident in special teams to be explosive and ended up getting a kickoff return touchdown. Overall,you know just really trying to execute all three phases of the game on special teams, offense and defense.”

The Leopards will take on the 1-4 Frisco Memorial Warriors on Thursday at Toyota Stadium. 

“We just have to dial in and take it one game at a time,” senior cornerback Shawn Robertson said. “We see what we struggled with in previous games, so it’s about taking those mistakes and fixing those in this game.”