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Prince Ave. Christian at Hebron Christian preview

Hebron’s Chandler Schultheis

Hebron’s Chandler Schultheis

Prince Ave. Wolverines (8-A)

Coach: Jeff Herron

Record: 6-1, 3-0 region

Last week: Beat Commerce 28-14

Hebron Lions (8-A)

Coach: Kevin Shaffer

Record: 2-4, 0-3 region

Last week: Lost to Athens Christian 35-8

As much as the Lions have been struggling through losses in their last four games, Friday’s challenge posed by No. 5 state-ranked Prince Avenue may be the toughest one to date.

“They’re definitely a great team,” Hebron coach Kevin Shaffer said of the Wolverines. “They play well. They’re solid. They’re obviously well coached. It’s definitely the toughest challenge we’ve faced.

“The only good thing from our perspective is that no team is unbeatable. We haven’t been executing well lately, but if we can get a game where everyone executes, I think we have a chance.”

Execution will be particularly important against a Prince Avenue team that has plenty of experience and firepower, especially in a running game led by Zantravious Shields, who ran for two touchdowns in the Wolverines’ win over Commerce last week.

“We definitely have to stop the run,” Shaffer said. “It takes all 11 guys. If one or two guys aren’t doing their jobs, the whole unit doesn’t function. Everybody has their assignment and a certain gap. If we execute our assignment, we fill those gaps.”

That means it will take not only a strong effort from the Lions’ front seven, but support from a secondary led by junior Chandler Schultheis.

Last meeting: Prince Ave. won 48-6 last year

Directions to Hebron Christian Academy: From Ga. Highway 316, go north on Ga. Highway 8 approximately one mile and turn left at the traffic light onto Dacula Road (after passing Dacula High School on the left). Stadium is about a mile ahead on the right.