By Will Nations
Daily Times Leader
The second week of Hebron Christian School’s football season took them out of Clay County to Coleman Robertson Field in Columbus, Mississippi facing host Victory Christian Academy.
The Hebron Eagles entered this Friday night face-off after defeating their week one opponent, Strider Academy, while Victory Christian Academy entered the game after a loss to the hands of Clinton Christian Academy. The game was never in doubt after the first quarter as Hebron cruised to a 48-20 win over Victory Christian.
“We wanted to execute a lot better, backs hit the holes harder and lineman block better,” said Hebron’s Head Coach David Foster, “I told them if we come over and play good football, all out every play, good things will happen to us on the offensive and defensive sides. I’m very proud of them.”
An impressive run game led the Eagles to an easy win. Hebron Christian put an emphasis on the run and continued to pound Victory Christian on the ground the whole game. Senior tailbacks Taylor Coggins (159 yards on 21 carries and 1 rushing touchdown) and Austin Foster (93 yards on 13 carries with 2 rushing touchdown) combined for 252 yards. Not only was Hebron successful in the running department, Senior quarterback Will Corbin Rogers (13 attempts rushing for 130 yards and 1 rushing touchdown along with 8-11 passing 200 yards with 3 touchdowns) helped Hebron keep Victory Christian’s defense on their toes.
On the first possession, Coggins scored the first touchdown for Hebron on a 57 yard run to give Hebron an 8-0 lead with 9:56 left in the first quarter. A hard hitting Eagle defense led to Victory’s first possession of the night ending in a fumble. Hebron capped off an eight minute drive with a Rogers 18 yard pass to Austin Foster ending the first quarter in favor of Hebron 14-0.
In the second quarter, Hebron’s dominance was a sight to behold for the Eagle faithful who drove from Clay County. Quarterback Rogers used his own legs to score a touchdown for Hebron as the lead grew to 22-0. Austin Foster continued Hebron’s dominance on the ground with a touchdown run, along with a half-ending Hail-Mary from quarterback Rogers to his Senior receiver Ryan Moore. The only first-half score for Victory came off a kick-off return for a touchdown by Austin Richardson. The first half ended with Hebron leading 36-8.
In the second half, the Hebron defense continued the hard nose pressure on the Victory Christian offense. Rogers’ third touchdown pass of the night to Andrew Myatt coupled with Austin Foster’s touchdown run helped solidify a 48-20 win for the Hebron Christian Eagles.
“I had my team’s back and they really blocked for me and that’s how you win ballgames,” Senior Austin Foster commented after the victory.
Hebron Christian hopes to continue their winning ways as they return to Pheba and play host to Calvary Christian Academy of Meridian next Friday. Unfortunately, Hebron is not a part of any eight-man football league and won’t be able to advance to any playoffs. “We have a ten game schedule, we are proud of that, we are going to play every game like a playoff game,” commented Senior tailback Taylor Coggins, “Every game we are going to be ready, and coaches are going to prepare us well, we are going to be ready to play.”