CUMMING - Friday the 13th turned out to be not so bad after all for Collins Hill.
The Eagles invaded Raider Valley Stadium and turned in one of the most dominating performances of the season with a 50-0 whipping of North Forsyth Friday night in a Region 7-AAAAA contest, improving the Eagles to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the region.
North Forsyth (0-6, 0-4) entered Friday's contest having been shut out its last two games and Collins Hill's suffocating defense made sure that streak went to three. It was also the third time Collins Hill had faced North Forsyth with the Eagles also posting shutouts in 1994 and 1995.
"We mainly just wanted to execute tonight," Collins Hill head coach Larry Sherrill said. "We were able to experiment a little and do some things we normally don't do. We're just trying to get better as a football team and we feel like we have to do that every week. That was our goal."
Running back Craig Jackson carried the load on offense for Collins Hill, rushing the ball 14 times for 189 yards and three touchdowns, most of which came in the first half. The Eagles seemingly scored at will as six of their nine possessions resulted in points while their defense and special teams each provided a score.
The night got off to a bumpy start for the Eagles as North Forsyth started the game from its own 45-yard line.
Quarterback Charlie Tyson then ripped off a 36-yard run on the game's first play to the Eagle 19 and the Raiders were in position to take an early lead.
Three plays later, that bumpy start was smoothed out when Tyson ran around right end and was hit squarely by Drew Swick. Swick's hit sent the ball several feet straight up into the air and T.J. Greenstone fell on it after it hit the ground.
Starting from its own 14, Collins Hill methodically marched down field, covering 86 yards on 12 plays, aided largely by converting four third downs. Jackson capped off the drive with his first TD on a 15-yard run and Jon Nastav converted the PAT for the 7-0 lead.
Nastav, normally the backup kicker on the JV squad, was forced into action because Grant Farnsworth didn't make the trip with the team. Farnsworth was slated to start in place of the injured David Isbill, but Nastav instead wound up seeing action.
And Collins Hill made sure he was kept busy.
On its next possession, Collins Hill faced a fourth-and-goal from the seven and opted to go for it. Quarterback Brent McDonald tossed a high fade in the left corner and Kurt Diel made a beautiful one-handed catch behind a North Forsyth defender. Nastav's PAT made the lead 14-0.
Jackson scored again on a 3-yard TD run with 7:04 left before the half and Nastav was called on with two seconds left before half for a 33-yard field goal and his try was good. Nastav finished the night going 5-for-7 on PAT's and 1 of 2 on field goals.
The second half was more of the same as Jackson busted through for a 67-yard TD run on his last carry of the night. Chris Wellborn added a score with 8:55 left in the third with a 73-yard punt return and Bo Abedayo recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score with 2:54 left in the third.
With the game well in hand, Sherrill was able to put in some of his reserves and B.J. Griffin took advantage. Griffin, a senior running back, tallied 48 yards on 15 carries and a TD run of six yards with 10 minutes left to play, sending the bench into a frenzy.
"Griffin is just a special, special kid," Sherrill said. "He's a senior that's been out all these years and the kids were just so excited when he scored. He's a guy that's a scout teamer and has worked very hard for four years and this was great opportunity for him to get some playing time."
As well as its offense played, Collins Hill's defense was downright stingy, allowing just two first downs and 60 total yards, 53 rushing and seven passing. McDonald's night ended with 90 yards passing and one TD on 4 of 10 attempts while backup Gary Tiller was 2-for-2 for 21 yards.