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Turner's heroics, late TD lift Lakeview over Hebron, 29-27
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Lakeview 29, Hebron 27

Difference maker: Lakeview Academy junior running back Tae Turner scored on three short touchdown runs, while intercepting two passes from his spot in the secondary.

Stat that matters: Lakeview senior quarterback David Abee was clutch down the stretch, completing 17 of 32 throws for 251 yards on the night.

Turning point: Turner scored the game-winning score on a run from the 3 with 1:02 left in the game.

Who’s next: Lakeview visits George Walton Academy on Friday; Hebron Christian plays host to Providence Christian on Friday.

Lakeview Academy’s Tae Turner is a do-it-all kind of player.

He scored on three short touchdown runs Friday. The two-way standout also intercepted a pair of passes.

His final and probably most impressive contribution for the Lions was his presence of mind to stay with a pass on the ground after it was tipped by two Hebron Christian defenders, which he then stretched out for a 26-yard grab. Just a couple plays later, Turner ran it in from the 3 to secure a 29-27 upset win against Hebron Christian at Jock Hornor Field.

“I just saw the ball fell into my hands after the tip,” said Turner, who rushed for 83 yards. “It was truly a blessing.

“Once I made that catch, I knew we had to get the touchdown.”

When the Lions (2-3, 2-1 Region 8-A) got close to the goal line, Turner was an automatic to get the ball. He scored the game-clinching touchdown after a see-saw fourth quarter with four lead changes (including ties). Against Hebron, Turner scored on runs from 1 and 3 yards, helping Lakeview build a 14-0 lead going into halftime.

Turner kept Hebron’s passing game off-balance with a pair of interceptions, one late in the second quarter and the other early in the third quarter.

David Abee was marvelous for the Lions down the stretch. He orchestrated a pair of late fourth-quarter scoring drives for Lakeview, and passed for 251 yards on the night. Abee also extended both scoring drives with nice runs after escaping pressure in the pocket from Hebron’s much larger defensive front.

“When we got late in the game, I knew it was time to go,” said Abee. “The offensive line did a great job making plays for us, great team victory.”

The Lions went back ahead 23-21 with 2:54 left in the game with Jack Perkins’ 24-yard field goal. The lead was short-lived, as Hebron’s Jacquan Gibson took the kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, giving Hebron Christian only its second lead of the night, 27-23.

On its final touchdown drive, Hebron continued to pressure Abee in the pocket. Lakeview’s left-handed quarterback continued to shake it off with crisp passing under duress. The Lions kept moving the chains on the final scoring drive with a 10-yard grab by Joshua Randolph early in the drive, then Turner’s catch from his back that picked up 26 more.

Abee also rushed for a gain of 16 to start the final drive.

“David made some big plays for us there late,” Lakeview coach Matthew Gruhn said. “He kept making big plays and big throws.”

Gruhn said they were going to take a minute to enjoy this victory, knowing it came against a stout Hebron Christian (3-3, 1-3) team coming off a narrow 23-20 loss to Prince Avenue.

“We were big underdogs in this one,” Gruhn said. “But our kids kept playing, kept fighting.

“Our guys were tired in the second half but never gave up.”

Lakeview also managed to contain a dangerous Hebron Christian passing game, led by Connor Holliday and his 201 passing yards.

Hebron started to chip into a two-touchdown hole midway through the third quarter with Andrew Redman’s hard-nosed, 23-yard touchdown run over a host of defenders. Early in the fourth quarter, the visitors tied it 14-14 with Gibson’s 41-yard touchdown catch from Holliday.

Lakeview responded two plays later, scoring on Abee’s strike to Trystan Regnier over the Hebron secondary for a 55-yard touchdown.

Perkins gave Lakeview the lead for the second time, late in the fourth quarter with his short field goal. The Lions took advantage of a pass interference call against Hebron for 15 yards, setting up a 13-yard gain on the next play by Turner.

Penalties played a factor in the game’s swaying momentum in the second half. Lakeview drew 13 penalties for 90 yards on the night, while Hebron was flagged 10 times for 79 yards.

Lakeview’s Thaddeus Webb was the game’s leading receiver, using his 6-foot-4 frame to catch six passes for 106 yards. Hebron was led by Gibson with four receptions for 79 yards.

On Friday, Lakeview visits George Walton Academy in Monroe; Hebron Christian plays host to Providence Christian in Dacula.

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