CLARKSVILLE, TENN. – The Rossview Hawks forced four turnovers and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown in the first half and then cruised to a 42-7 victory over the visiting Station Camp Bison on Friday in a Region 4-6A contest.
“That was a real turning point of the game,” Rossview Coach Todd Hood said of the blocked punt and touchdown.
Rossview junior Corey Bolster blocked Luke Sinard’s punt and Aaron Bolster picked up the ball and raced 15 yards for the score. The touchdown and extra point by Aaron Pardo gave the Hawks a 13-0 lead with 7.5 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Bison also lost three fumbles and had an interception in the first half as Rossview built a 35-0 lead at the break.
“No team can make turnovers like that and expect to win,” said Station Camp Coach Shaun Hollinsworth. “We’re not a team that can overcome those kind of turnovers.”
Rossview sophomore DiiVonte Phillips opened the scoring with a 2-yard run in the first quarter and added his second touchdown of the game with a 46-yard dash to paydirt in the second quarter.
Senior quarterback Gabe Sibert hit Aaron Bolster with a 35-yard scoring pass and Mark-Anthony Prescott added a 30-yard touchdown run to give Rossview a 35-0 lead at the half.
“We did a good job scoring early,” Hood said. “Big plays will break people’s back.”
The Hawks dominated the line of scrimmage throughout the game, piling up 282 rushing yards while holding Station Camp to 87 yards on the ground.
“Our line did a good job,” bolstered by the return of several players from injury, including center Jackson Brown, Hood said. “We manhandled them up front.”
“Offensive line and our running backs” were the key to the win, said Sibert. “The offensive line, they came alive tonight.”
“We’re not tackling well, we’re missing blocks that could turn a good play into a great play or a negative play into a positive play,” Hollinsworth said. “We have a lot of young kids up front, which can be difficult to overcome.”
Station Camp put their only scoring drive together to open the second half, helped by a roughing the passer penalty on Rossview and an 11-yard completion from quarterback Max Barnett to tight end Stockton Pyne to convert a fourth and 6.
Zane Cook completed the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.
Rossview answered with a seven-play, 70-yard scoring drive highlighted by a 42-yard pass play from Sibert to Aaron Bolster. Sibert capped off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run that completed the scoring for the game at 42-7.
Sibert rushed for 88 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries and completed five of nine passes for 114 yards and one score. Phillips rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, and Prescott scored once and rushed for 56 yards on four carries.
Station Camp was led by Terry Bradley with 42 yards on 15 carries and Luke Sinard with 37 yards on three carries.
“We’ll keep fighting hard,” Hollinsworth said. “That’s all you can do in the situation we’re in right now.”
The loss dropped the Bison to 0-5 on the season and 0-2 in region play. Rossview improved to 3-2 and 1-1 in the region.
Next, Rossview will host Dickson County on Friday and Station Camp will host Stewarts Creek in a pair of non-region games.