Hokes Bluff looks to cross over Lions

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Hokes Bluff (1-1, 1-0) at Crossville (0-2, 0-1)

Last week: Hokes Bluff 35, White Plains 7; 

Jacksonville 49, Crossville 12

Last meeting: Glencoe 48, Crossville 0 (2007)

Series record: Hokes Bluff leads 5-3-1

By Gene Stanley//Sports Correspondent

Mike Robertson always dreads trips to Sand Mountain. And that’s where his Hokes Bluff High team is headed this week.

“Anytime you have to make a trip up the mountain, it’s tough,” the coach said. “There’s no such thing as an easy win up there – and if you fool around too much, you’ll go home with a loss.”

The Eagles are coming off a big win in which sophomore Cam Dowdy made a statement, rushing for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

“He’s a tough kid,” Robertson said. “He’s got quick feet and that’s an advantage in our offense. His breakaway speed is good, not great – yet. Hopefully as he gets bigger and stronger, that’ll improve, too. His field vision has already improved from last year.”

Phillip Ward had a big game, too. He ran two punts back for touchdowns and intercepted a pass, which he ran back 52 yards.

Hokes Bluff got through that game with no injuries – another plus.

However, Robertson said that Crossville is better than the record indicates – and that the Lions should’ve posted a closer score against Jacksonville.

“We’ve got to take care of ourselves first,” Robertson said. “Coming off a win will maybe make things a bit be-tter.”

Also against White Plains, Noah Click had 10 tackles, followed by Ward with seven. Adam Patterson and Nick Underwood each had five tackles and a sack. 

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