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PREVIEW: Hebron Christian at Prince Ave. Christian

Hebron's Tyler Matthews

Hebron's Tyler Matthews

HEBRON LIONS (8-A)

Coach: Sal Battaglia

Record: 1-5, 0-3 region

Last week: Lost to Athens Christian 41-14

PRINCE AVE. WOLVERINES (8-A)

Coach: Mark Farriba

Record: 6-1, 2-1 region

Last week: Beat Commerce 30-0

The Lions’ troubles continued with last week’s loss to Athens Christian, and the road doesn’t get any easier with a trip to Bogart to take on the fifth-ranked Wolverines Friday.

Hebron has slowly started to show tangible signs of improvement on offense, moving from three shutouts in four games to 10 points two weeks ago and 14 a week ago.

The return to health of veteran receiver Tyler Matthews, along with maturation of youngsters like QB Connor Holliday and RB Hunter Johnson, has helped in that area.

Now, coach Sal Battaglia wants to see similar improvement from the Hebron defense, which has had to battle injuries, youth and depth issues all season long, and is giving up an average of 32.2 points per game.

“We’re having trouble stopping anybody,” Battaglia said. “We’re kind of playing for the future right now, so we’ve move some people around. And we’ve got some kids excited about playing new positions.

“Believe it or not, our morale is great. The kids we have are pouring their hearts into every play.”

The challenge this week for the Lions’ defense will be to try to slow down Prince Avenue’s 1-2 running punch of Carl Mattox and Bryce Huff, who came into last week’s win over Commerce having combined for over 1,100 yards and 16 TDs on the season.

Last meeting: Prince Ave. won 41-0 last year

Directions to Prince Ave. Christian School: From Ga. Highway 316 east, turn right on Hog Mountain Road (Ga. Highway 53) and proceed 6.2 miles. Turn left on Monroe Highway (U.S. 78) and proceed 1.8 miles to Ruth Jackson Road and turn right. The school is less than a mile on the right.