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Still missing Bishop, Hawks fall to Powell in 3-AAA showdown

The Hardin Valley Academy Hawks lost its first District 3-AAA game, 28-3, Friday, Oct. 1, to the Powell High School Panthers at the Hawks’ own Hardin Valley Academy Stadium.

The Hawks drew first blood with a 15-play, seven-minute march down field where a quarterback sack at the 14 yard-line on fourth down forced a 31-yard field goal by senior kicker Ryan Bataille, putting the Hawks up 3-0 with less than five minutes left in the first quarter.

The Panthers answered back with a touchdown at the 11-minute mark and again with 9:43 left in the second quarter to start the second half with a 14-3 lead.

With 10:53 left in the game, the Panthers scored again with a 15-yard pass into the end zone. A final touchdown late in the fourth rounded out the night

Hawks head coach Wes Jones said his team just couldn’t get open to make any big plays.

“We did what we did. We executed some, but we stalled out too much with some mental mistakes, with penalties. We did some things pretty good, but we did some things we just had no business doing.

“We had a let-down up front tonight and we can’t do that and be successful against great football teams,” he added.

Hardin Valley’s defense limited the Panthers’ stellar offense where other teams have faltered this season.

“Defense played hard. They gave up some plays, but we can’t put them in the position we put them in two or three times tonight with great field positions,” Jones said.

“We had a bad punt that set them up on a trick play. We had some faulty kick coverages that put them on this side of the field and gave them short fields to drive on. You don’t do that with good football teams,” he added.

In turn, the Panthers defense was able to hold the Hawks to 172 yards.

Senior running back Dorian Eskridge, who normally racks up more than 172 yards per game on his own, said, “Powell plays well. We have to work harder up front. We had a lot of drives that we could have kept going if we hadn’t made mental mistakes.”

Still missing starting quarterback Jake Bishop due to illness, Jones played senior linebacker Zach Clevenger as quarterback for the second time this season and also played him as linebacker.

Clevenger, who played quarterback for years before switching to defense, said returning to the position was just a matter of “re-learning some old skills.”

Clevenger also said the switch to defense was a good one for him. “But whatever the team needs is what I am going to do.”

Next week the Hawks will hold its inaugural Homecoming game and will play the winless Halls Red Devils in another District 3-AAA matchup.

Last season the Hawks lost to the Red Devils but Clevenger said the Hawks are up to the challenge this year.

“Our team has grown up a lot this year. Last year we would have probably put our heads down and the season would have been in the books. But this year we have some good senior core leadership and we are going to work hard.

“We are going to bring our A game to practice and we are going to get better next week,” he added.

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


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