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Rockwood runs over winless Hancock

October 18, 2008|By JACK HILL III

HANCOCK -- Rockwood rolled up 328 rushing yards and five different players found the end zone Friday night to lead the Rockets to a 34-6 victory over Hancock.

Rockwood (3-5) got one touchdown apiece from all three of its senior running backs: Joe Miller, Josh Valdez and Elliot Huston.

Miller gained 119 rushing yards on only 13 carries, while freshman running back Julian Sleasman added 99 yards on just nine carries.

"Going into this week, we only had two games left in our season and we have to win both games in order to make the playoffs," Rockwood co-coach Adam Rullo said. "We had good effort on both sides of the ball. We take pride in our running game and we really try to spread it around a little bit. We keep trying to get yard after yard."

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Meanwhile, Hancock (0-6) continues to struggle to find yardage. Rockwood held the Panthers to less than 1 yard per carry, allowing 39 yards on 41 rushes.

"It's obvious that we need to keep working to find our offensive niche," Hancock coach Dave Mahaffey said. "Our passing game was pretty much ineffective and we weren't opening up holes to run in. I firmly believe that this team can play better than they are showing. Rockwood took advantage of their opportunities. We have got to show up better than this in the future."

Rockwood went up 7-0 with 5:02 remaining in the first quarter when Miller charged through the middle for a 25-yard touchdown run.

Sophomore Tanner Dobrzanski kept Hancock's hopes alive briefly by returning the ensuing kickoff 80 yards down the right sideline to reduce the deficit to 7-6.

"That was a good long run by Tanner," Mahaffey added. "That was his second touchdown on a kickoff return this year."

The Rockets outscored the Panthers 20-0 in the second period to build a 27-6 halftime lead. Valdez and freshman quarterback Ben Miller each scored on a 1-yard run and Huston scored on a 10-yard touchdown run through the middle.

Rockwood got its final score during the fourth quarter when Sleasman went straight through the middle for a 2-yard touchdown run.

"Our defense really did a great job tonight," Rullo added. "We just shut them down. We really did not let them get anything. We were able to force some turnovers."

Junior linebacker Nick Harvey made 11 tackles and one sack for Hancock.

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