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Hawks fly past Cosby

Friday’s Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic Kick-Off Classic was much more than just a 12-minute exhibition for Hardin Valley Academy.

In its first-ever jamboree, the Hawks shined bright in Neyland Stadium with a dominant 13-0 win versus Cosby Aug. 14.

Hardin Valley’s defense held Cosby to 0 yards in four possessions adding up to 12 plays. And that included a 20-yard quarterback scramble, as six CHS plays ended in negative yardage.

Wes Jones, HVA head coach, said, “Our defense came out and flew around to the ball out there tonight ... we had a good effort on defense there tonight.

“Gary Dees on defense made a lot of big plays there for us,” Jones added about his senior linebacker. “I really think our front four, basically anybody we were rotating in there played pretty well up front tonight.”

Dees was in on four of the first five tackles that totaled minus-7 yards. “We’ve been practicing real hard ... coaches are coaching really well and it’s paying off,” Dees said.

Meanwhile, the Hawks’ offense went long for its first points. Junior quarterback Jake Bishop hit a wide-open Zach Clevenger on a fly pattern down the left sideline good for a 63-yard TD at the 7:33 mark.

“I’m never surprised I’m open,” Clevenger said.

A 23-yard middle screen pass to Trey Byrd came before a 36-yard Dorian Eskridge touchdown run where the sophomore changed directions on a sharp cut. Ryan Bataille’s extra point made it 13-0 with 2:57 left.

“I thought Zach Clevenger made a big catch right there, and Jake Bishop had a good night throwing the football,” Jones said. “Trey Byrd and Dorian Eskridge did well.”

About Carter, HVA’s opening opponent on the road Friday, Aug. 21, Jones said, “Obviously, they’ve got a good tailback in [Shannon] Meady running the football. Had a big season last year, rushed for around 1,800 yards.”

Opening kickoff is 7:30 p.m.


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