Hebron JV defeats Victory Christian on homecoming

Doug Loden runs for a 50-yard touchdown
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BRIAN HAMILTON
DAILY TIMES LEADER

Hebron Christian’s junior varsity squad got off to a sluggish start on Thursday night as it hosted the Victory Christian Eagles on homecoming.

Victory Christian was moved the ball well against the Hebron defense early on, but was never able to cash in, as Hebron came away with a 32-0 win.

The Eagles got on the board first when Doug Loden ran for a 15-yard touchdown to give Hebron Christian an 8-0 lead after the first quarter.

Victory Christian was driving deep into Hebron territory early in the second quarter when Bradley Scott picked off a pass and returned it 100 yards for a score. Victory would again drive deep into Eagles territory before halftime, but a fourth down stand would give Hebron a 16-0 halftime lead.

“I told them at halftime ‘we’ve beat them every way you can beat somebody, but we’re only up 16-0,’” Foster said.

The Eagles would put another score on the board when Loden took off for a 50-yard score. The two-point conversion would extend Hebron’s lead to 24-0.

The final score for the Eagles would come late in the third quarter when quarterback Braeden Tripett ran a naked bootleg to his left and gave the Eagles a 32-0 advantage.

Loden led Hebron Christian with 92 yards and two touchdowns on three carries. Triplett also ran for 47 yards and a score on five carries. Bradley Scott finished with 47 yards on six carries, while Dylan Dupont added 58 yards on five carries.

Loden was also a big contributor on defense, making 11 tackles. Jon McGrew finished with six tackles and Scott added five tackles and the 100-yard interception return.

“Both (Loden and Scott) ran really good tonight and my line blocked really well,” Foster said. “I told my lineman ‘ya’ll don’t get anything in the paper, but it don’t go unless ya’ll make it go.’”

Foster said that the 2016 JV team did not win a game, but he could see substantial improvement from year-to-year.

“They’ve got a lot of heart,” Foster said. “We played last year and won one game finally, and that was actually one of the first JV games I have coached that I was part of the team that won. This year, the group has only lost one game and we avenged that lost right here, last week, against Columbus.”

Foster said he was thankful that the school’s administration went along with the idea of having a homecoming for the JV football game.
“We’re a small school, and we’re tight-knit from 7th grade up to 12th graders,” Foster said.

Foster said that the school came up with the idea of having a homecoming during the JV game to give the seniors an opportunity to have a homecoming like those before them.

“(The cheerleaders) spent a lot of time and money on practice and camps, and these girls are over here cheering on the sidelines because I don’t have a varsity team,” Foster said. “I told the office ‘whatever you want to do, we’ll do, but I’d like for those girls to have a chance to do their homecoming.’”

Foster said that it didn’t take too much convincing for his team to buy into the idea of a JV homecoming.

“I said ‘none of ya’ll can drive yet, you’re too young to date, and we don’t dance here, so ya’ll have nothing to think about but football’”, Foster said.

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