Collins Hill 41, Walton 7

Ever since a shutout loss to their region rival Norcross, the Collins Hill Eagles have been a different, higher-scoring football team. That trend continued into the first round of the AAAAAA state playoffs, as the Eagles cruised to a 41-7 victory over the visiting Walton Raiders on Friday at Fahring Field.

The Eagles (10-1) are the No. 2 seed from Region 7 and will advance to play the winner of South Gwinnett-Alpharetta.

Tyler Henderson rushed for four scores and 111 yards on 24 carries to lead the Eagles’ attack, while the defense collected two interceptions and held the Raiders offense to less than 200 yards. The fourth quarter featured a running clock.

“Our offensive momentum is crazy right now,” said Henderson, who had touchdown runs of 1, 2, 9 and 60 yards. “We’re rolling on all cylinders.”

Collins Hill scored 21 points in the second quarter to all but put the Raiders (6-5) away, taking a 28-0 lead. The Eagles scored on three consecutive possessions, capped with Tyler Herman’s 36-yard touchdown pass to Grant McDonald with 19 seconds left in the half.

The Raiders – a No. 3 seed from Region 5 – never built enough momentum to get themselves into the game. They stopped Collins Hill to open the second half and then used a nine-play, 46-yard drive to score their only points of the game – a 12-yard touchdown run by Jordan McCray. But the very next play from scrimmage, Henderson burned the Raiders for a 60-yard run to put the Eagles up 34-7 with 6:07 left in the third.

Walton’s offense struggled mightily and especially in the first half. In eight possessions, the Raiders punted five times, failed on a fake punt and threw an interception. The second half didn’t fare any better. Following Henderson’s long touchdown run, Walton threw another interception and Collins Hill capitalized, scoring the next possession on Herman’s 1-yard run to bring the score to its final tally with 1:07 left in the third.

The decisive win continues a trend for the Eagles since being shut out by Norcross, 28-0, on Oct. 11. It was their only loss of the season and cost them the No. 1 seed. Since the loss, they’ve averaged 51.2 points a game and have outscored opponents 256-83.

“After the Norcross game, our kids were upset,” Eagles coach Kevin Reach said. “They were upset with themselves and the way they played and they said it wasn’t going to happen again.  … We’re clicking right now, and I tell you, our defense is playing phenomenal.”

Walton 0 0 7 0 – 7

Collins Hill 7 21 13 0 – 41

C – Tyler Henderson 2 run (Ian Morrison kick)

C – Henderson 9 run (Morrison kick)

C – Henderson 1 run (Morrison kick)

C – Grant McDonald 36 pass from Tyler Herman (Morrison kick)

W – DJ Smith 12 run (Christian Lucas kick)

C – Henderson 60 run (kick failed)

C – Herman 1 run (Morrison kick)

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8 comments Add your comment

Sportsnut

November 15th, 2013
11:23 pm

Congrats to Collins Hill on the win.

High 5

November 16th, 2013
1:42 am

What’s up with these Cobb Co. football programs from region 5? Are they that bad?

Max Sizemore

November 16th, 2013
8:57 am

Reach played QB at Clarkston for coach Tommy Stringer back in the 1980s.

Eagle Fan

November 16th, 2013
9:56 am

If not for the rain, would have been much worse. Collins Hill is on a mission! Had not seen any Region 5 teams play this year, but are they that bad? Region 7 made quick work last night…….

Trojan2017

November 16th, 2013
10:10 am

I think it’s enrollment based. We have the skill players to match-up, but it’s tough to get 5 big offensive linemen and 4 big defensive lineman with school enrollments of 2k kids like we have at Lassiter. Gwinnett schools have 3k plus and so do south GA schools. DeKalb and Fulton Co schools are more like Cobb schools in terms of enrollment numbers. Fishing in a bigger pond means more big fish. Don’t mistake my words here. I’m not complaining about it. I’m just explaining it.

Lassiter Fan

November 16th, 2013
11:23 pm

@High 5 and Eagle Fan…why can’t you guys just cheer for your team/region and stop putting down others. These are high school kids busting their butts year round to play a game that they love. You want to bash someone, do it to the pro teams. They get paid for playing.

Fred

November 17th, 2013
9:06 pm

@Trojan2017 – Except that you are explaining it wrong. Most Gwinnett schools don’t have 3k+. Mid to high 2k, sure but there are only a handful with those kind of numbers. Brookwood has high numbers but had a tough year this year. This only shows that big or small you can be up or down.

Cobb county football

November 18th, 2013
2:25 pm

Cobb doesnt have the talent as most other counties because the schools are so close and the talent is spread out, 1 school cant keep there talent, if Lassiter and Walton were able to combine somewhat then you would see a bigger differnece and the schools that have some talent arent using it to the potential, u take Campbell who didnt really have the talent but used there star CB in Rogers both ways, he was tops in rushing in 6A ball and held his own on defense, then you take Walton who had arguebly the best athlete to come thru that school in DJ Smith and rarely use him on offense on a squad that definitely needed him, if he touched the ball as much as Rogers did then Walton would still be playing, the days of lining up and running the ball down a teams throat are done, you fall behind against spread happy teams, ball control is for the birds, a good offensive coordinator doesnt want the ball, he wants it put in the end zone quick, look at Kell, he uses his talent on both sides, North Cobb, Hillgrove, the proof is in the pudding,,,,,,now teams like Camden, Colquitt, there arent many schools down there to split the talent, if a school was built in the center of them and pulled some talent, then they would not be power houses every year so it is what it is, no matter what we as fans, parents, uncles, cousins will never be satisfied so life goes on