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September 28, 2013

Lions pull away late in victory vs. Mt. Zion-Carroll

CARROLLTON — Christian Heritage School’s football team scored twice in the final 6:58 to beat Mount Zion-Carroll 41-21 on Friday night in the Sub-region 6A-A opener for both teams.

Christian Heritage improved to 4-1, while the Eagles fell to 1-2.

“The game was a big team win for us,” Christian Heritage coach Preston Poag said. “Our defense played awesome. The offense sputtered a little in the first half, but it was a reversal in the second half. It was a good team win. It is about taking care of our business and holding on to the ball.”

Mount Zion took a 7-0 lead by scoring on the opening possession, going 50 yards on a 12-play drive and finding the end zone on a short touchdown run by Rodger Ashmore midway through the first quarter.

But Christian Heritage responded before the period was over. Senior quarterback Trevor Brown hurt the Eagles with his legs as he raced 49 yards to the Mount Zion 5, and a play later Matt Cook found the end zone. Hunter Dixon’s point after tied the game at 7-7 with 4:33 showing on the first quarter clock.

The game then settled into a defensive struggle for the remainder of the first half. Lions junior linebacker Spencer Robbins lived a defensive player’s dream in the half, first picking up a fumbled end-around attempt by the Eagles at the Mount Zion 5 and easily scoring with 3:41 left in the first quarter. Late in the first half, he recovered a high snap that had sailed over Eagle quarterback T.J. Garrett’s head in the end zone for his second score, giving Christian Heritage a 21-7 halftime lead.

“That is a big deal,” Poag said. “We have been on the other end of that this year. It is a big boost when your defense can score points. It came at a good time to put us up 21-7 at the half. That is the sign of a veteran team answering the call.”

Mount Zion twice cut the Lions lead to seven points in the second half, but Christian Heritage pulled away with two touchdown runs by Austin Lowe — covering 25 and 7 yards — and a 21-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Nich Bartley in the final two minutes.

Christian Heritage travels again next week for another sub-region matchup, going to Chickamauga to play Gordon Lee. The Trojans were 3-0 entering Friday’s competition.

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