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Hebron’s winning formula

September 17, 2012

The residents of Pheba and the many fans surrounding Hebron Christian High School have been aglow in light of their team’s remarkable season thus far.

The Hebron Eagles are absolutely dominating their opponents on a weekly basis, at home and away, and in return they have a perfect 5-0 record about which to boast.

This year, the team is playing eight-man football, and there are a few subtleties about doing so. Typically, on offense, two offensive tackles and a wide receiver are left out, and on defense, two defensive backs and a lineman would be eliminated. This is similar to the strategy that Hebron employs on the field each week, with the exception of keeping the wide receiver in the game and taking out a running back.

Hebron Coach David Foster is proud of his team. His focus has been on strengthening the defense, making their opponents have to work that much harder in order to score.

Typically, the signature of eight-man football is a high-scoring game. This has certainly been evident in many of the Hebron victories, most notably in the Eagles’ win over Flint Hill Christian at 52-6.

The game against Mt. Salus was a little closer, but Hebron still managed to outperform and leave the field with ten more points.

Coach Foster has had a great team with which to work this year, and his players are standing out among the many Mississippi teams, keeping a clean sheet with no entries in the loss column.

“Of course, there’s always room for improvement,” says Foster. “We take a look at the game film before practice, seeing the areas where we need improvement, and we’re accomplishing our goals each week.”

This year, the Eagles have six seniors who will be missed at the start of next season, but Coach Foster is seeing a tremendous amount of promise from his ninth-grade players, and he is confident that they will be up to the task of filling leadership roles in the coming years. “We have two ninth-graders that play regularly, and we substitute in several throughout the games.”

In a bold move, Coach Foster has been able to utilize his wide receivers more as blockers, opening doors for the running backs to bring the ball into the end zone. Foster says that while this is an atypical role for receivers, the players have all signed on to win football games, and they are all playing, as their coach says, “as if each game were the playoffs.”

“The kids have bought into the overall strategy of playing a defensive game,” Foster remarked.
Still, the players, such as quarterback Will Corben Rogers (#11) and running backs Austin Foster (#45) and Taylor Coggins (#17), are able to put up the points necessary to bring home the wins each week.

With five more games left on the calendar, the Hebron Eagles still have their work ahead of them. Friday night, the Eagles take on the Central Academy Vikings at home. The game starts at 7:30pm, and everybody should make their way out to the stands and support boys in gold.

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