DACULA -- Hebron Christian hosted a "Pink Out" Friday night in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month hoping to leave the visiting George Walton Academy Bulldogs black and blue. The Bulldogs had other plans.
Stanley Williams ran for 115 yards and three touchdowns to lead a 52-10 George Walton rout and hand Hebron (1-4, 0-2 Region 8-A) their third consecutive loss.
Trailing 10-0 midway through the first quarter after a 46-yard field goal by Cole Fisher and a 53-yard touchdown jaunt by Williams, the Hebron offense started to march. Deftly mixing the run and pass, the Lions drove 65 yards in nine plays. A 44-yard pass from Connor Holliday to Matthew Glisson highlighted the drive that reached the George Walton 10-yard line. But the Bulldogs' defense stiffened and Hebron's Trent Dunahoo booted a 33-yard FG to carve the lead to 10-3 with late in the quarter.
"When it got 10-3, you could just feel our sideline," said Hebron head coach Sal Battaglia, "they were excited about it and we just kept plugging along."
The Bulldogs pulled away in the second quarter. George Walton's Wes Hutter tossed TD passes to Nick Watters and Dimetrios Mason to push the lead to 24-3 at halftime.
"We had a breakdown to make it to make it 17-3," said Battaglia, "and they came down late to score on the other pass. Even at that point I thought we had a great half and there was still a lot of excitement in the locker room."
But things snowballed for the Lions in the third quarter. Williams scored on runs of 1 and 30 yards, and Mason added his second TD of the night on a 55-yard punt return to put the game out of reach. The Lions continued to battle. Hunter Johnson, who rushed for 93 yards on 23 carries, scored on a 4-yard run late in the fourth quarter to provide the final margin.
"I've watched Hunter grow up from a freshman to a sophomore," Battaglia said, "and he is so competitive. He sees the hole and makes the right break and has a burst through the hole. He does a great job for us."