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County high school football teams stumble

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By Dwane Wilder

Dorian Eskridge ran for three touchdowns Friday night to help The Hardin Valley Academy football team avenge last year’s loss to Campbell County.
The Hawks (2-0 district, 3-1 overall) defeated the visiting Cougars, 56-21, and moved into second place in the District 3 standings behind unbeaten Powell.
Campbell County (0-3 district, 0-5 overall) remains in search of its first win.
Hardin Valley built an early 14-0 lead in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the game. Eskridge scored on the second play from scrimmage, and then added another TD with 9:30 left.
The Cougars answered the bell with a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tuffy Shoupe to running back Joe Peake near the end of the first quarter. Wesley Cook booted the extra point to cut Campbell County’s deficit in half, 14-7. The score capped a magnificent drive for the Cougars that consumed over eight minutes and kept the ball away from Eskridge and company.
Campbell County blocked a 30-yard field goal attempt by the Hawks during the opening minute of the second quarter.
Later, the Cougars recovered a fumbled punt at the Hardin Valley 37-yard line. That set the stage for a 21-yard touchdown pass from Shoupe to Brandon Long with 6:42 remaining before halftime. Cook’s PAT kick tied it 14-14. The play that kept the drive alive was a 15-yard late hit penalty called on the Hawks when Campbell County was faced with a third-and-10 situation at the Hardin Valley 34-yard line.
Campbell County fell apart during the last six minutes of the first half. Hawks quarterback Jake Bishop hit running back Josh Krebs with a 15-yard scoring pass; Eskridge ran for a 14-yard touchdown; and Bishop tossed a 2-yard TD strike to tight end Trey Byrd on the final play of the first half. Hardin Valley took a 35-14 lead to the locker room at halftime.
Neither team was able to score during a third quarter standoff.
Krebs broke a 64-yard touchdown run on the opening play of the fourth quarter. Shoupe answered with a 1-yard TD plunge with 7:03 to go. Cook’s PAT kick closed it to 42-21.
The Hawks scored twice more down the stretch, once on a 69-yard fumble return and again on a short touchdown run by Morgan Knight.
Tigers claw Devils
Jellico remains winless in District 4 play after a 40-14 loss Friday night to the visiting Sunbright Tigers.
Blue Devils receiver Gabe Mitchell caught a pair of touchdown passes: a 45-yarder from starting quarterback Devin Oakes and a 33-yarder from backup QB Tyler Brummett. Mitchell also kicked both extra points for Jellico.
The Blue Devils accumulated 244 yards passing but only had 21 net yards rushing.
Jellico trailed by only 7 points when the Tigers returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and a 21-7 halftime lead.
“That was a huge momentum shift,” said Blue Devils coach Danny Oakes.
“They just completely shut our running game down. They dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.”