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Hebron crushes Cross Keys 60-0

Hebron's Tyler Matthews

Hebron's Tyler Matthews

DECATUR -- Following a shutout loss to start the season, Hebron looked for a change of fortune Friday night against Cross Keys.

The Lions got off to a quick start and used a terrific second quarter to pound Cross Keys 60-0 in Decatur.

"We needed to come back from last week." Hebron head coach Sal Battaglia said."We had a great week of practice ... they really responded to it."

Hebron (1-1) did't score on its first possession. Tyler Matthews' field goal attempt was blocked. But the Lions found an easier path for the rest of the half as they scored 40 straight points.

Running back Hunter Johnson started the rout as the Lions scored on their second possession. Johnson ran through a hole for a quick seven-yard scoring play. Hebron found little resistance from Cross Keys (0-2).

Freshman quarterback Connor Holliday took over for Hebron as he put on a show in the dominating second quarter.

"Connor probably had the best game of his short career," Battaglia said. "I challenged him to step up and he did a really good job."

Holliday completed just seven passes for 162 yards -- but four of those were for touchdowns.

Following a scoring strike to Matthews late in the first quarter, the duo hooked up again. Holliday hit Matthews with a deep pass down the sideline to put the Lions up 18-0.

Holliday found a wide-open Seth Kuntz after a scramble for his third scoring pass. Kuntz dragged a Cross Keys defender into the end zone for a 26-0 lead following a two-point conversion by Matthews off of a botched snap.

Matthew Glisson hauled in the final Holliday touchdown as he jumped up and beat a Cross Keys defender.

Hebron's defense scored three touchdowns as Matthews, who gained 97 receiving yards, and Glisson each returned interceptions for scores. The Lions gained 302 yards of offense and held Cross Keys to 110 total yards, including just 8 through the air.