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Hebron Christian Academy’s fast-paced, no-huddle offense carried it to a 23-7 victory over Lakeview Academy on Friday night at Jock Hornor Field.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak to Lakeview (0-2).
Hebron (1-0) running back Andrew Redman led the new offense, rushing for a game high 177 yards on 33 carries and scoring two touchdowns.
Hebron quarterback Connor Holliday was 8-of-20 passing for 97 yards and one touchdown.
“It was definitely worth the wait,” Hebron head coach Kevin Shaffer said of his team’s two idle weeks. “Ever since I got this job, we’ve been looking forward (to) Lakeview, our first game.
“It’s a rivalry. They have a good team, they have good coaches. ... But we’ve been excited, we’ve been waiting for this game. We’re very grateful and fortunate for the victory.”
Shaffer said Redman has picked up the new offense well, and Friday night showed it.
“Redman, excellent game. He’s (Redman) been working hard about the little details,” Shaffer said. “The steps, the angles, the gaps, and the point of the play. Where you try to hit the play. We got great confidence in him. ... He just had a great game. He kept pushing, kept driving. Just a great player. A guy that you love having.”
The Hebron wide receivers did their part as well, led by Trey Selman’s four catches for 49 yards and one touchdown. William Brice added three catches for 40 yards.
It took nearly 11 minutes for the new offense to kick in, but Holliday found Selman on a 14-yard strike to give Hebron the early 7-0 lead.
Hebron kicker Jacob Harper booted a 36-yard field goal early in the second quarter for a 10-0 advantage. Harper also caught one pass for 29 yards.
Later in the quarter, Hebron’s offense showed its trickery when Redman connected with Brice for 19 yards on a halfback-pass play down Lakeview’s 7-yard line.
Three plays later, Redman had his first score, punching it in from the 2, giving Hebron a 16-0 lead at the half.
The third quarter saw little offense, as both defenses made plays respectively.
Lakeview defensive back David Abee intercepted a Holliday to give Lakeview an opportunity to change momentum.
However, after marching down to the Hebron 15-yard line during the 10-play drive, Lakeview fumbled, giving Hebron’s offense new life.
Holliday connected with Harper for 29 yards on the drive, part of a nine-play, 85-yard drive that was capped by a 21-yard touchdown by Redman, and gave Hebron a 23-0 lead after three quarters.
“It’s a great start to a season,” Redman said. “We’re looking to throttle up for the rest of the season.
“I’ve got to give props to the (offensive) line. The line is what made that whole game. That was fun. It (new offense) worked so well.”
Lakeview answered back with a 12-play, 69-yard drive. Running back JB Britte put Lakeview on the scoreboard, scoring from 14 yards out with 8:28 left in the game.
Lakeview was led by running back Drake Hollander, who rushed for 89 yards off nine carries. Quarterback Jackson Strickland added 79 yards.
“We did do some things well,” said Lakeview head coach Matthew Gruhn. “We have got to improve on those things we didn’t do well. For us, it’s just getting better at the little things, and that’s all we can do right now.
“I thought we played hard the second half, and we certainly didn’t give in. They (Hebron) made some plays, made some critical first downs. They played well.”
Lakeview is off next week. Hebron is at home against Cross Keys.