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Hebron falls in finale at Towns County

HIAWASSEE -- Hebron Christian finished the season with a tough, 28-13 loss at Towns County High School on Friday night.

Towns County used a ball control offense to keep the Hebron offense off the field, mixing in timely passes and a bruising rushing attack. The first quarter was back and forth before Towns County put together a nine-play, 69-yard drive for the first score. With 7:58 left in the second quarter, Towns added to its lead with a 52-yard pass play from Joseph Gibson to Harrison Hobbs for a 15-0 lead. Towns then drove 71 yards in seven plays to take a 21-0 lead. Hebron finally got on track with a six-play, 66-yard drive, relying on passes from Connor Holliday to Tyler Matthews and Seth Kuntz, scoring on a 5-yard strike to Matthews. The score at half was 21-7.

The third quarter was scoreless and in the fourth quarter Towns County marched 77 yards in 13 plays. The key play was an apparent fumble recovery by Hebron that was overturned by a face mask penalty and subsequent unsportsmanlike conduct call against Hebron. The penalties resulted in a first down at the Hebron 14 and from there Gibson completed a 2-yard drag pass to tight end Garrett Bradshaw for a 28-7 lead.

The final drive for the Lions started on their 9-yard line. Five plays later, Holliday hooked up with Matthews one last time for 52 yards and a touchdown. That score narrowed the margin to 28-13 but Towns ran out the final 4 minutes to lock up the win. Matthews ended the night with six receptions for 145 yards and both Hebron touchdowns. On the defensive side, Jay Wallo had 15 tackles and seniors Seth Kuntz, Jake Glover and Lew Stephens contributed eight tackles each for the Lions.