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Hardin Valley Academy football coach Wes Jones didn’t give his players a chance to feel sorry themselves Friday night.

“We have a four-game season and we’ve made the commitment to play hard and win those last four games,” Jones said after his team dropped a 42-10 District 3-AAA decision to Powell before a packed house at Powell’s Scarbro Stadium.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Hawks, who scored first, as they’ve done all season.

Hardin Valley (4-2 overall, 3-1 in the district) took a 7-0 lead when senior tailback Dorian Eskridge rumbled 62 yards for the game’s inaugural score with four minutes remaining in the first quarter of the Panthers’ homecoming game.

Powell, the top-ranked Class 5A team in the state, didn’t trail for long as it took the Panthers just 34 seconds to find the end zone.

Powell, Tennessee’s top-ranked Class 5A team, evened the game when senior quarterback Dustin McPhetridge threw a 22-yard scoring strike to Drake Owenby.

McPhetridge’s touchdown pass with 3:26 left in the first quarter was the final score of the stanza.

The Panthers (7-0, 5-0) would overcome their slow start and take control of the contest in the second quarter. Powell scored 21 unanswered points in the frame to dart to a 28-7 halftime lead.

Powell senior running back Dy’Shawn Mobley scored two of his four touchdowns in the stanza. Mobely, who finished the game with 288 yards, had scoring scampers of 39 and 35 yards to give Powell a 20-7 lead.

“That’s a great football team over there,” Jones said of Powell. “They have some great athletes who are going to go on and play college football.

“Mobley is a great player. We let him get into the open field and we didn’t want to do that. But he’s gotten into the open field against a lot of teams.”

The Hawks engineered a modestly successful drive that stalled in Panther territory as time expired.

Hardin Valley, which managed to net only 35 first-half offensive yards after the long touchdown scamper from Eskridge, who finished with 139 yards on 25 carries, opened the third quarter with a big play.

The Hawks recovered an onsides kick at the Powell 33 and put together an 8-play drive that stalled at the Panther 4-yard line.

The Hawks would get a 20-yard field goal from Michael Peryo to pull to within 28-10.

“Our kids fought hard and got themselves back in the ball game. ... We didn’t just come over here to play. We came here to compete and we came here to try to win,” Jones said.

Mobley added fourth quarter touchdowns from 45 and 21 yards out.

Despite surrendering 42 points, Hardin Valley’s defense had a goal-line stand and Demonte Felden’s interception stopped another Panther drive.

Offensively, Hardin Valley’s aerial attack has been virtually non-existent in 2011.

That may be changing. Senior Quentin Lunsford started Friday night against the Panthers. He was 5-for-8 and had 35 yards.

“We decided to make this change to have a faster quarterback and he ran our offense and managed the game well,” Jones said of Lunsford. “He did make some mistakes, but this is the first time that he’s taken a snap all year and he completed some passes.”


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