BREAKDOWN: Cross Keys at Hebron

HCA Football 2011

HCA Football 2011

Cross Keys Indians (non-region)

Coach: David Radford

Record: 1-6-1

Last week: Lost 33-3 to Clarkston

Hebron Lions (non-region)

Coach: Sal Battaglia

Record: 3-5

Last week: Beat North Cobb Christian 47-6

Excitement abounds at Hebron this week.

The Lions are coming off their season's third win last week where the offense and defense played the best game of the unit's season.

They still have a chance to finish the year with a .500 record. But most importantly, this game marks the first fall homecoming celebration for the small private school in Dacula. Hebron finally has its own football stadium and is making the most of it.

"It will be pretty crazy around here," said Hebron head coach Sal Battaglia.

In last week's win, Hebron rushed for more than 400 yards and the defense chipped in with two touchdowns, one each from Xavier Riley and Jay Wallo.

"A lot of things came together last week, finally putting it all together like we hoped we would from Day 1," Battaglia said.

To finish with an even record, the Lions must win out and that starts tonight against Class AA Cross Keys. Hebron handled the Indians with ease a season ago, but that was a senior-heavy Lions team.

"They are definitely bigger and stronger (than us)," Battaglia said of Cross Keys.

But with a region schedule on the horizon for next season, a homecoming game and a chance at a winning streak, the Lions' focus is on themselves.

"There is a lot of excitement to finish strong this year," Battaglia said. "The kids are starting to play some good football right now. That is the key for us because we are building for the future."

Last meeting: Hebron won 63-16 last year

Directions to Hebron Christian Academy: From Ga. Highway 316, go north on Ga. Highway 8 approximately one mile and turn left at the traffic light onto Dacula Road (after passing Dacula High School on the left). School is about a mile ahead on the right.