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Win at Clinton HVA’s first-ever in district

CLINTON — The Hardin Valley Hawks slew the Clinton Dragons 21-14 in HVA's first district game of 2010 at CHS's own Dragon Stadium Friday, Sept. 10.

It marked the Hawks’ first-ever district win in school history —third overall — and improved HVA's record to 2-1.

The Dragons appeared to have the upper hand when, on the first play of the game, sophomore running back Camion Patrick ran 73 yards for a touchdown.

The Hawks defense rallied and refused to allow the Dragons a single yard in CHS's next two possessions.

With 4:45 minutes left in the first half, the Dragons' offense began a 15-play march only to be denied when HVA's line held on downs at the Hawks' 10-yard line and ran out the clock.

Senior running back and linebacker Joshua Krebs said the Hawks were determined to run out the clock.

“We were trying to make sure they didn't get a good play. We were backing them up and trying to make sure we kept [Patrick] in the pocket,” he added.

Hawks head coach, Wes Jones, said his defensive staff put in extra time over the Hawks' two-week break to prepare for the Dragon offense.

“Hats off to the defensive players and the staff … you can have a good defensive game plan, but you have to be able to go out there and execute it and those kids did a great job tonight,” he added.

Junior running back Dorian Eskridge scored two of the Hawks' three touchdowns by scrambling straight up the middle of the pitch.

Two 25-yard runs, one right after the other, put the Hawks on the board for six.

Kicker Ryan Bataille's conversion kick tied the game 7-7.

Following a second Dragon 70-yard touchdown early in the second half, Eskridge once again answered back.

With 4:48 left in the third quarter, Eskridge and Krebs whittled the yardage down bit by bit until Eskridge was able to run straight up the middle to tie the game 14-14.

Eskridge credits the offensive line. “My offensive linemen, as usual … doing their thing. And the wide receivers were blocking well,” he said.

“The offensive line really spread it out for me and made it so much easier for me to make my cuts,” he added. “When you don't have defenders in your face … it's so much easier.”

With 11:15 left in the game, Krebs ran a hard-fought three yards into the end zone to score what would turn out to be the winning touchdown.

“I hit the line and I was worried I wasn't going to get in. They were crowding the line pretty bad, they had five or six guys up there,” he said.

The Hawks will be back at home Friday, Sept 17, versus Campbell County, a winless Class 5A/District 3. Opening kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.


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