Collins Hill 53 North Gwinnett 28

Collins Hill not only won the battle of Suwanee, they knocked off the No. 1 team in the state, with a runaway 53-28 win over North Gwinnett.

The Eagles’ Tyler Herman threw three touchdowns, two to Rhyan England, and Tyler Henderson and Quentin Jones also scored twice to lift the Eagles, who beat their city rivals for the first time since 2005. Both teams are 7-1 and 5-1 in Region 7-AAAAAA. The upset creates a three-way tie atop Region 7-AAAAAA between the two schools and Norcross.

Featuring two of the highest scoring teams in the state, the game featured highlight reel plays throughout. North Gwinnett, which was ranked in the Top 20 nationally, took its only lead of the game early in the third quarter when CJ Leggett ran for a 28-yard score and a 25-24 lead.

But Collins Hill regained the lead on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Herman to Quentin Jones. After a North Gwinnett field goal, Herman padded the lead with a 12-yard run to give Collins Hill a 39-28 lead with seconds left in the third quarter.

And the Eagles, who scored 68 points last week in a win over Meadowcreek, were far from finished.

Herman connected with England for their second touchdown play of more than 50 yards, this a 54-yarder, early in the final period for a 46-28 lead. The Eagles finished their scoring spree with a seven-yard touchdown run by Henderson, who finished with 107 yards. Herman completed 20 of 31 passes for 280  yards.

Any chances the Bulldogs had of mounting a comeback were lessened by the loss of their quarterback, Hayden Sphire, who left the game with a leg injury in the second quarter. His final play was an 80-yard touchdown toss to Nate Brown. Sphire rode a stationary bike after the injury but never returned. Caleb Scott led all receivers with 12 catches for 187 yards.

Collins Hill started the game by scoring on its first two possessions to take a 10-0 first-quarter lead. After an Ian Morrison 26-yard field goal, Jones took a screen pass from Herman and raced down the left sideline for a 26-yard score.

North responded with an 80-yard drive, in which Scott caught four passes for 60 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown from Sphire. Dante Sawyer plowed in for the two-point conversion.

On its ensuing drive, Collins Hill scored again to take a 17-8 lead. Henderson capped the 10-play, 79-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown, weaving through the Bulldogs’ defense. The Eagles needed just three plays to find the end zone again. Herman scrambled out of the collapsing pocket and running left, zipped a pass to England who was wide open downfield. The 50-yard touchdown gave Collins Hill a 24-8 lead with seven minutes left in the first half.

The Bulldogs answered immediately with Sphire finding Brown in the seam and the senior receiver did the rest, racing 80 yards for the touchdown to cut the lead to 24-15. North, which averages more than 40 points per game, finished with more than 300 yards passing as receivers Brown, Scott and Almonzo Brown made big plays with long runs after the catch, but it wasn’t enough.

Both quarterbacks were sharp in the first half. Herman completed 14 of 19 pass for 185 yards and Sphire completed 8 of 11 for 172 yards.

North Gwinnett – 8 – 7 – 13 – 0 – 28

Collins Hill – 10 – 14 – 15 – 14 – 53

C – Ian Morrison 26 FG

C – Quentin Jones 26 pass from Tyler Herman (Morrison kick)

NG – Caleb Scott 3 pass from Hayden Sphire

C – Tyler Henderson 19 run (Morrison kick)

C – Rhyan England 50 pass from Herman (Morris kick)

NG – Nate Brown 80 pass from Sphire (Michael D’Angola kick)

NG – CJ Leggett 28 run (D’Angola kick)

C – Jones 15 run (Dwayne Smith pass from Herman two-point conversion)

NG – D’Angola 39 FG

C – Herman 12 run (Morrison kick)

C – England 54 pass from Herman (Morrison kick)

C – Henderson 7 run (Morrison kick)

16 comments Add your comment


October 25th, 2013
11:23 pm

Great game by Collins Hill. Horrible officiating but sucks that NG’s QB got hurt early in the 2nd qrt. This was the game that worried me and it turned out to be a nightmare. Atleast the #1 stuff will go away now LOL. This is even more proof of how deep region 7-AAAAAA is…in case the doubters out there were still wondering.


October 25th, 2013
11:30 pm

@ NGHS09 == You had that feeling and it came true. The good thing is that this loss came in the regular season. Was it to cold for North to get the passing game going? Is there any news on Hayden?


October 26th, 2013
9:56 am

Stop making excuses NGHS 09, you guys got embaraass out there… Lol.,


October 26th, 2013
9:58 am

sp. embarrassed…!!!

Gwinnett County

October 26th, 2013
10:22 am

Hey JAB you can’t handle 5A, classification just wait for Northside WR and TCC you barely beating King who is in transition and Tucker. Oh forgot you got ur tails whipped by Tucker. Y’all might need to drop down to 2A classification then maybe you’ll get a championship. Lolololol.

Camden 2013

October 26th, 2013
11:07 am

Where is that Sportsnut now….I called it…NG…Pretenders…..
And Camden is not giving me any reasons to think they will fare any better. Should have lost to a stoudt Brunswick team. Lucky is all I can say.

This AAAAAA is wide open….Collins Hill on any given night can win. They may be the sleeper here.

Come on Cats….get your act together or Lowdnes will beat you next Friday….


October 26th, 2013
12:55 pm

@ Gwinnett County, no we hand gift wrap Tucker the win by kicking squib kick and them throwing up a Hail Mary with only 23 seconds remaining. Our defense is tougher than ever, our region is solid, what’s the heck going on in Gwinnett County, Brookwood down, Parkview down and coach is leaving, Norcross now NG going down. Hey! I was pulling for ya’ll, I guess I’m going to have to take my business over to Cobb county AAAAAA teams, still not a big fan of South Ga. teams….;)

MC 12

October 26th, 2013
1:26 pm

North Gwinnett seems to always lose games they should’nt. They will always be a great regular season team and never win the BIG GAME. They were never good as their won / lost record , the Millcreek game showed you that . They should have lost that game. SAME OLD NORTH GWINNETT!

Gwinnett County

October 26th, 2013
1:32 pm

Same ole JAB we are ok in Gwinnett watch when the playoffs start. As for Flowe leaving Parkview , it been over 22yrs and for what he was able to accomplish early on makes up for now. Also, most of the South Gwinnett area is in transitions as South and Dekalb was during the mid 70’s and through the mid 80’s and Central Dekalb during the early 90’s. It’s near time for Stephenson to have a coach transition especially if you don’t win it all this yr. make no mistake about it Gwinnett is still solid and will continue to be national and state contenders.


October 26th, 2013
4:40 pm

@Gwinnett County – amazes me how the good teams, or for that matter, the dominant region can change as it has. Not all that long ago Region 8 seemed to have the power. Now, however, I’ll take five 7-AAAAAA teams that would provide Archer far more competition than they’ve played this year.

Then come the playoffs. Brookwood, as weak as they are, for some reason can come in with a mediocre team and win the first round against a #1 seed. Did that against McEachern in 2009 and Lassiter in 2012, that latter game being among the biggest playoff upsets in recent GA history as Lassiter was #1 in the rankings. So, one never knows until the games are played.

That’s why saying MY TEAM is CHAMPIONS before the playoffs even begins has to be among the most retarded, stupid, silly behaviors imaginable. It won’t stop that big mouthed 6-AAAAA pretender from shooting off his mouth. What else does he have to do?


October 26th, 2013
4:42 pm

@NGHS 09 – of course what really matters is Sphire comes back soon, and NG be in top form for the playoffs. Brookwood won the state twice going 13-2 and 14-1. All is not lost. But for the time being, giving up 47 and 53 points in two games? What has happened to the NG defense?


October 26th, 2013
6:26 pm

They lost…oh well…it happens to every team. Keep up all the doubtful talk and comments. Some hot-air is always welcome in cold weather! Region 7 is gonna make a lot of noise in the playoffs.


October 26th, 2013
6:36 pm

@ Sportsnut…Yupp…my worries about the game were valid. Next is Mountainview.

@GwinnettDad…You’re right. It’s a mystery about our defense. I was on the sidelines for a little last night and I think that these players are having a hard time with the spread running game. A lot of the big runs given up in the MC and CH games were reversed-field runs. I don’t see as much ripping through blocks and penetration as I did in the first 4 games. The upside is that the film from these two games will help NG out greatly in their preparation for a playoff run. Just remember a little factoid…Under Bob Sphire, NG has never lost to a team twice in consecutive meetings. They always learn from their mistakes.


October 26th, 2013
9:54 pm

@ Camden 2013 == You struggled with Brunswick? Brunswick?


October 26th, 2013
11:53 pm

I dont have a dog in the 6A fight but I continue to be impressed by Lovejoy. Never even heard of the team until I watched them in the dome against my oldest son’s team in 2011. They didn’t fare well against us but their record of shutting opponents out prior to meeting us was intriguing. Since then I have followed them from afar and must say I expected they would have won it all against Norcross last year where they came up short again. The thing I like about Lovejoy is their consistency. Plus anytime someone wishes to compare programs across classifications, I refer them to Lovejoy’s jump from 4A to 6A and the apparent success they continued to have.

I dont see the team being as potent as in previous years, but on any given night, if you are facing them and your team is having one of its inconsistent nights, this team will beat you. They are obviously well coached.


October 27th, 2013
12:53 pm

was speaking with the CSS people at the game….they said this is 2nd game they televised the same officiating crew and both times they sucked