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HVA is playoff bound
Hawks edge rival Karns, take No. 5 playoff seed

The Hardin Valley Academy Hawks assured themselves a place in the TSSAA Class 6A playoff with a 14-7 win against rival Karns Friday, Oct. 29, at KHS.

Hawks head coach Wes Jones said, “It was a great team effort. We had a little adversity tonight with a player out of the game. ... We got better on offense and better on defense. Our special teams played really well but our defense was lights out tonight.”

Minus junior running back Dorian Eskridge and his almost 200 yards rushing per game, the Hawks stepped up. With 11:37 remaining in the second quarter, HVA put six on the board when senior running back Josh Krebs capitalized on a 12-play possession to punch it into the end zone on an eight yard carry.

Senior Ryan Bataille added the point-after-touchdown kick.

The Beavers tied it with only 1:59 left in second quarter.

With only 6:40 of game time remaining, Krebs made a tackle-breaking 45-yard run to the end zone to put the Hawks back on top.

“We were just plugging away getting where we could every play and eventually something was going to break,” Krebs, who ended the night with 197 yards on 31 carries, said.

The Beavers were on the march with only 3:11 left to play when HVA junior linebacker Reed Honken picked off a pass from Karns QB Trevor Towe.

“We had been playing deep all game so I was just playing my zone and everybody did their job and the ball just came right to me,” Honken said of his pick.

Junior running back Ben Bennett, who took Eskridge's spot on the field and had two big pass plays from senior quarterback Jake Bishop, said, “Dorian is a big time player for us and it was nice to fill in his spot and not do too terrible a job.”

Krebs gave Eskridge credit for his stellar night as well.

“Dorian was great; he was encouraging me and giving me pointers. I probably couldn't have done it without him,” he said.

In winning the game, the Hawks earned back the rivalry trophy as well as the title of “Pride of Pellissippi,” which the Beavers took last year.

Senior linebacker Zach Clevenger also weighed in on the significance of the rivalry.

“These guys are great guys; it's just a big rivalry game. If I hadn't gone to Hardin Valley I would be here with the Beavers.


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