Hebron at Prince Avenue

HCA Football 2011

HCA Football 2011

Hebron at Prince Ave.

Hebron Lions (8-A) Head coach: Sal Battaglia

2010 record: 9-1 (non-region schedule)Prince Ave. Wolverines (8-A) Head coach: Mark Farriba

2010 record: 7-4

The Lions have a big task ahead of them against the Wolverines in Sal Battaglia's first game as Hebron's coach.

Much of the challenge lies within themselves -- specifically, their own youth, with most of the approximately 30 players on the roster being either freshmen or sophomores.

"I think we're going to be OK, but we're very young," Battaglia said. "We're asking 15- and 16-year-olds to play agianst 17- and 18-year-olds. Hopefully, we'll be pretty disciplined."

Perhaps the biggest task the Lions will have is trying to contain Prince Avenue junior quarterback Carl Mattox, who guided the Wolverines to their first winning record and first playoff appearance in school history as a sophomore last year.

"Their quarterback is a great athlete," Battaglia said of Mattox. "I haven't slept this week."

The Lions will rely on some of the few veterans they have, such as linebacker Tyler Smith and strong safety Lew Stephens, to provide the leadership they'll need in containment to try to keep Mattox under control.

Last meeting: Hebron won 35-13 last year

Directions to Prince Ave. Christian School: Take Highway 316 east towards Athens. Turn right on Hog Mountain Road (Highway 53) and proceed 6.2 miles. Turn left on Monroe Highway (Highway 78) and proceed 1.8 miles to Ruth Jackson Road and turn right. The school is less than a mile on the right.