Thursday, September 15, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Hebron Lions (non-region)
Coach: Sal Battaglia
Last week: Lost to Athens Christian 34-8
George Walton Bulldogs (8-A)
Coach: Don Williams
Last week: Lost to Warren Co. 12-3
In need of confidence and experience, the youthful Lions' task doesn't get any easier with a road trip to George Walton Academy looming.
"We're trying to get 14- and 15-year-olds to react mentally and overcome adversity," Battaglia said. "That's what you get with a young team. We've just got to grow up fast."
The Lions have a big task ahead of them against a Bulldogs team coming off having their nine-game home winning streak snapped last week.
"They're big," Battaglia said of the Bulldogs. "I don't think they're quite as fast as Prince Avenue was, but they may be a little bit bigger. They're probably the strongest team we've played all year."
The Bulldogs also possess quite a bit of skill, especially on the defensive side, where a secondary led by Casey Shubert, Hunter Rice and Matt Corder should provide a big challenge to a Hebron passing game that has shown some promise with Lew Stephens alternating between quarterback and slot receiver and Tyler Matthews also providing a steady presence at receiver.
Last meeting: GWA won 50-17 last year
Directions to George Walton Academy: Ga. Highway 316 east to Ga. Highway 11 and turn right. Merge right onto U.S. 78 west and exit at Ga. Highway 138 (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) towards Conyers. Turn left onto West Spring Street. Take the second right onto Bulldog Drive. School is ahead on the left.