Hebron gives Battaglia first win with 31-7 rout of Baconton Charter

PELHAM -- Sal Battaglia was finally able to get his first win as Hebron Christian's football coach.

Lew Stephens was 8 of 14 for 111 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score as the Lions jumped out to an early lead and pulled away for a 31-7 win over Baconton Charter on Friday night at Pelham High School.

"This sure feels good," said Battaglia, whose Lions (1-5) got into the win column for the first time this season.

There was plenty for Hebron to feel good about, especially jumping out to a 10-0 lead on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Stephens to Tyler Matthews and Harrison Dunahoo's 41-yard field goal by the end of the first quarter and 17-0 after Matthew Glisson's interception return for a TD by halftime.

Baconton Charter (0-6) tried to pull back into the game in the third quarter with a 10-minute drive the pulled the Blazers to within 17-7 heading into the final frame.

But a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter put the game away for Hebron.

In addition to Stephens' big night, the Lions also got contributions from Matthews (two receptions), Glisson (five catches for 67 yards and a TD) and Xavier Railey (nine carries, 65 yards) on offense, plus Tyler Smith (15 tackles) and Jay Wallo (13 tackles, 2 INTs) on defense.