LAWRENCEVILLE - In its second year of varsity football, Hebron would get all it needed from a first-year player to get its second win of the season. Freshman Matthew Pursell throw and ran for two touchdowns as Hebron (2-1) pounded Lakeview 31-7.
"The kids played hard, I am proud of our kids. I am proud of our defense." Hebron coach Brian Smith said.
There was not much to be proud of early as both teams were sloppy out of the gates, exchanging interceptions and penalties early in the first quarter. Hebron put a temporary halt to its miscues; opening the scoring on a 30-yard pass play between Pursell and receiver Will Treadwell, who broke through two tackles for the score and a 6-0 lead.
In the second quarter Hebron returned to its giving ways as it committed two turnovers in the period. Lakeview responded with a score when running back Tom Drury punched it in from a yard out following a Lakeview fumble recovery deep in Hebron territory.
Hebron jumped back on top when Pursell took matters into his own hands with rushes of 13 and 23 yards, putting his team deep in Lakeview territory. Following another run, Pursell faked a pitch and spun off of two defenders on a 15-yard touchdown run to give his team a 12-7 lead that it would take into the half.
Pursell and Treadwell hooked up again in the third quarter on a beautiful over-the-shoulder 29-yard touchdown pass, which put Hebron up 19-7.
Lakeview found yards hard to come by, gaining just 128 yards of total offense in the game.
Pursell, who rushed for 154 yards and passed for 82, put his stamp on the game towards the end of the third quarter when he ran through two defenders and spun off of a third for a spectacular 21-yard touchdown run.
"He played a physical game", Smith said of his quarterback. "We are proud of him."
Matt Stephens would score on a 14-yard run to cap the scoring.
This is Hebron's first win of the season against a varsity team. It defeated the Commerce JV team earlier this season and it can count on an increase in that total with continued play from its fabulous freshman.