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Powell takes down HVA; Hawks look for answers

Sweeping changes could be in store for the Hardin Valley Academy football team.

With a five-game losing streak and a winless record in District 3-AAA, head coach Wes Jones is looking for a way for the hard work on the practice field to pay off during games.

In the aftermath of a 46-14 loss at Powell, things aren't going to get any easier this Friday as the Hawks (1-5, 0-4) travel to Halls.

“Every week it feels like the team we are facing has its best game of the year against us —we're helping a lot of opposing players get nominated for player of the week,” Jones said. “My momma always said there would be days like this, but I didn't know there would be this many this soon.

“... We still have too many players that want to do their own thing instead of carrying out their assignments. That's got to stop ...,” he added.

Down 8-0, HVA answered with its longest drive of the season — 16 plays covering 78 yards — and Jake Bishop completed four passes to Adam Schlosser, including twice on fourth-and-7.

Rapidly improving Daniel Vesco scored the touchdown on a 23-yard catch and run. Vesco became the first Hawk with a touchdown run and catch. Ryan Bataille's conversion trimmed the deficit to 8-7.

Powell's next possession carried over to the second quarter. Thirty points later, HVA's halftime deficit was 38-7. It was entirely too easy as the Panthers turned short passes into touchdown plays of 81 and 55 yards.

Sophomore standout Dyshawn Mobley racked up 168 yards on just 14 carries, with touchdown runs of 8 and 29 yards and carries of 36, 24 and 22 yards.

There were several HVA bright spots offensively, including Bishop's 4-yard touchdown run. Although the line play continues to be inconsistent, the Hawks have been effective with Bishop's passing to Schlosser and the tough running of Keith March and Vesco.

“We've got to find a find a way to get things turned around and back on track,” Bishop said. “We can't quit. There are going to be hard times and there are going to be ups and downs in a football season and you just have to push through them. I think with the right attitude we can make the season a success.”

Injuries continue to be a major concern. Two-way standout Dorian Eskridge played for the first time in 10 quarters, but it was only at defensive back and he was limited (ankle). Offensive lineman Zach Armstrong (6-foot-5, 245 pounds) injured his shoulder and another starter could be sidelined with a concussion.

Opening kickoff at Halls is set for 7:30 p.m.


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