Powell Valley's coach Robbins announces he's hanging up his whistle

Dave Ongie • Aug 7, 2010 at 9:50 AM

BIG STONE GAP — Phil Robbins still remembers the first play he called against Jonesville back in 1983 during his first game as the head football coach at Powell Valley.

“I ran a bootleg pass, started to the right, came back and bootlegged it to the left,” Robbins said. “I had Dennis Blagg at quarterback and he hit Wayne Gilly going across there for a 17-yard gain.

“And I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? We can throw the ball in the Lonesome Pine District?’ ”

On Saturday, the VHSL Hall of Famer confirmed that he’ll be calling his final play for the Vikings at the end of the upcoming season. In a letter to county and school officials, Robbins made it known that he plans to relinquish his position at the end of his 28th year at the helm in Big Stone Gap.

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