Place Ad
Contact Us

Hawks storm Blankenship, whip OR

OAK RIDGE — Hardin Valley Academy earned second place in Division 3-AAA Friday, Oct. 15, with a 21-13 win over the Oak Ridge Wildcats at the Wildcats’ over Jack Armstrong Stadium at historic Blankenship Field.

The Wildcats dug their claws in first during their first possession with a kickoff return to the Hawks 19-yard line, on which they were able to capitalize within the first two minutes of game play to put the first seven on the board.

HVA retaliated after the first of two interceptions by junior Devin Cox, a first-year player, which gave the Hawks field position on their own 44.

“I was just in my zone and the ball came right to me,” Cox said of the momentum-altering interception.

Junior running back Dorian Eskridge carried several times, finally scampering into the end zone on a 25-yard run. Kicker Ryan Bataille's point after touchdown kick tied the score 7-7 with 7:51 left in the second quarter.

Cox's second interception came with only 52 seconds left in the game to stop a deep Wildcats drive on second and goal.

“We play man-technique and I just trusted my defense and I trusted my ability to get my man. I just saw the ball and picked it,” Cox said.

HVA head coach Wes Jones said Cox had a great night.

“Devin is a player that we got off the soccer field. We knew he was a good athlete and we kind of convinced him to come out for football and he has had three interceptions in the last three games. So it was a huge night for Devin and a huge night for Hardin Valley.”

A 17-yard field goal from the Wildcats made in 10-7 late in the second quarter, but a six-yard pass from senior quarterback Jake Bishop to senior wide receiver Adam Schlosser in the end zone, with 16 seconds left in the first half, put the Hawks back on top 14-10.

“They were playing inside technique and coach just said, ‘Go to the corner of the end zone and we'll put it up to you.’ I just had to make a play and I did,” Schlosser said.

HVA’s defense held the ’Cats’ passing game to run out the clock on the half. “Our defense played lights out,” Jones said.

The second half was hard fought, but the Hawks allowed only a short Wildcat field goal early in the third quarter to make the score 14-13 Hawks.

“Thirteen points against a [Class] 6A football team the caliber of Oak Ridge. Oak Ridge is a good football team. All week long our kids practiced with intensity. They knew the importance of this game and they just came out here and played lights out. I am so proud of our kids,” Jones said.

With only five minutes left in the game, Eskridge got loose down the sideline for a 74-yard touchdown run, giving the Hawks an eight point lead.

“At first I was just following my blockers and then I saw that seam there and took off down the field,” Eskridge said.

A Class 6A perennial powerhouse program despite its struggles in recent seasons, Oak Ridge was on Jones’ radar all season.

“I am not sure they get any bigger than this,” he said.

“Oak Ridge has a great tradition they are a powerhouse. We knew coming in this was going to be a hard game, but we needed this one,” Eskridge added.


News | Opinion | Sports | Business | Community | Schools | Obituaries | Announcements
Classifieds | Place Ad | Advertising | Contact Us | Archives | Search

© 2004-2017 farragutpress