Hebron’s coaches and players aren’t often familiar with the teams they play, not a surprise since non-region schedules are very eclectic. But today’s opponent is different.
The Lions played North Cobb Christian twice last season, winning 21-14 in the first meeting and 33-0 in the second.
N. COBB CHR. EAGLES (NON-REGION)
■ Coach: Harry Miles
■ Record: 2-6
■ Last week: Lost to Lakeview Academy 49-21
HEBRON LIONS (NON-REGION)
■ Coach: Brian Smith
■ Record: 6-1
■ Last week: Had a bye
“We played them twice last year and we threw against them in the summer at FCA camp, so we know them well,” Hebron head coach Brian Smith said.
Hebron’s young program has risen to success with a non-region schedule quicker than the Eagles, who didn’t win a varsity game their first three seasons. Their first varsity win came in this year’s opener against Mt. Zion-Jonesboro and they added a second one over St. Francis on Sept. 24, bringing a 2-6 recordinto tonight’s game.
Hebron has already clinched one of its goals, back-to-back winning seasons. The next objective is to win the next three games (Cross Keys and Towns County are still on the schedule) and finish 9-1.
Quarterback Christian Davila has played a major role in getting the Lions to this point, but he hasn’t done it alone. Sophomore wide receiver Tyler Matthews, a transfer from Mill Creek, has been one of the players to step up lately.
Matthews, also a starter at cornerback, had three catches for 99 yards — all three catches were TDs — in a big road win over Georgia Military in Hebron’s last game two weeks ago.
“One of them was the best catch in high school I’ve ever seen,” Smith said. “It was a fade and he dove and laid out and caught it one-handed. It was unbelievable.”
■ Last meeting: Hebron won 33-0 last year
■ Directions to Lanier High School: From I-85, go west on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and turn right on Buford Highway. School is on the left.