DACULA - Hebron Christian's Paul Stinespring doesn't have years of chemistry with his receiving corps.
He doesn't have a ton of experience as the leading man for the Lions' squad.
But none of that really mattered as he led his team to a 38-20 victory over North Cobb Christian, throwing three touchdowns and adding 261 passing yards.
The win was big for startup football team Hebron (2-3), if only for confidence. It also was the first-year varsity program's first win over another varsity squad.
"It's an accomplishment," Stinespring said. "We took a step forward today."
Receiver Will Treadwell connected with his QB for the team's first TD after an interception put Hebron in excellent field position on the second play of the game. Stinespring connected with Treadwell again for six in the third quarter on a 74-yard deep ball.
Tim Gordon was Hebron's leading rusher (6-49 yards) and he racked up 100 yards receiving with help from a 91-yard TD catch to give Hebron a 21-0 halftime advantage. The team ended with 153 yards rushing on 38 attempts.
The third quarter, though, was something neither team planned. Things began with a Hebron field goal from Bobby Foley. On the kick return, Akil Marrow scampered 92 yards for North Cobb's first points of the day. After some confusion fielding the ensuing kickoff from the Eagles, Hebron started from the 3-yard-line and Stinespring threw an interception to North Cobb standout Romeo Lewis.
North Cobb quarterback Eddie Denovellis turned the ball over two plays later as Taylor Kerr intercepted the ball for the Lions. Hebron couldn't convert on the drive but recovered its own punt at the 25-yard line and punched in another score.
But the Eagles (0-5) wouldn't go away even after another Denovellis interception.
Lewis stripped the football from Hebron receiver Phillip Sciara at the 27-yard line and took it in for North Cobb's second TD. The Lions took control again, with good field position and with the 74-yard TD catch from Treadwell, Hebron answered within 25 seconds to close the third quarter.
"We went, 'oh no,'" said Lions coach Rick Burlingame. "(The third quarter) didn't work out as we planned. We were a little frazzled, but because we got out early, we got to play a lot of kids today and that experience is really important for our program."
Hebron 38, North Cobb Christian 20
N. Cobb C.
Hebron: Will Treadwell 6 pass from Stinespring (Bobby Foley kick) 7:52
Hebron: John Foley 2 run (Foley kick) 2:45
Hebron: Tim Gordon 91 pass from Stinespring (Foley kick) 8:22
Hebron: Foley 34 FG, 8:27
North Cobb: Akil Marrow 92 yard kick return (Romeo Lewis run failed) 8:11
Hebron: Jesse Myrick 1 run (Foley kick) 3:03
North Cobb: Lewis 27 run (Grant Titus run failed) :58
Hebron: Treadwell 74 pass from Stinespring (Foley kick) :25
North Cobb: Lewis 38 run (Lewis run) 2:38