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PREVIEW: Hebron vs. Cross Keys

Hebron's Jay Wallo

Hebron's Jay Wallo

HEBRON CHRISTIAN LIONS (8-A)

Coach: Sal Battaglia

Record: 0-1

Last week: Lost to Lakeview Academy 42-0

CROSS KEYS INDIANS (6-AAA)

Coach: David Radford

Record: 0-1

Last week: Had a bye

The Lions face another team much like itself — a young squad looking to rebound and gain confidence after a lopsided season-opening loss.

The Indians would seem to be just what the doctor order for Hebron after falling to the Lions by four touchdowns last year, and dropping their opener to B.E.S.T. Academy, a team in its first varsity season, by a 64-0 score two weeks ago.

But coach Sal Battaglia is not taking anything for granted.

“What I tell our kids is, it’s not about the opponent. It’s about us,” Battaglia said. “We’ve got some things to fix. If we fix them, we’re going to right the ship.”

One area the Lions are looking to fix is simply holding onto the football after three Hebron turnovers led to three Lakeview Academy touchdowns in last week’s opener.

“For whatever reason, we just didn’t execute across the board,” Battaglia said. “If we can execute and remain disciplined (this week), we’ve got a game plan that can get the job done.”

Defensively, Battaglia is hoping a few personnel changes will help.

The most notable of these changes is moving Wallo from outside linebacker back to his normal position in the middle that he has played in the past to take advantage of his experience.

“He was probably our player of the game last week,” Battaglia said of the 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior. “We’re moving him back to the middle he is our leader, and he needs to be there.”

When: Friday, 5:15 p.m.

Last meeting: Hebron won 35-7 last season

Directions to Adams Stadium: I-85 South to North Druid Hills Road exit, turn left and stadium is on the right.