SUWANEE - Collins Hill running back Charles Perkins had a career-high 241 yards rushing and three touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 35-0 shutout of Duluth in Region 7-AAAAA play Friday night at Fahring Field.
Perkins' 25 carries included TD runs of 14, 2 and 4 yards as Collins Hill evened its region mark at 3-3 (3-5 overall). After losing their first five, the Eagles have won three straight.
"The offensive line did a great job of opening up big holes for me. ... All I had to do was just hit the hole," Perkins said. "And our defense did a good job of keeping their offense off the field."
Collins Hill quarterback Brent McDonald found Rashad Head for a 51-yard strike on the Eagles' second play from scrimmage to take an early 7-0 lead. But McDonald was sacked and knocked out of the game on the third play of the second quarter. From there, Collins Hill decided to put the ball in Perkins' hands and the sophomore responded big time.
"Yeah, that changed our game plan a little," said Collins Hill head coach Larry Sherrill. "Charles has been a real consistent player for us this year, and he had a great game tonight.
"I also thought our offensive line played extremely well. And our defense has been consistent for us all year. Duluth has some very good skill players that can break it at any time, but our guys did a great job of containing them."
After holding Forsyth Central to 99 yards last week, the Collins Hill defense was even stingier on this night. Duluth (1-7, 0-6) managed just 60 yards of total offense, including seven yards in the second half. Wildcat quarterback Michael Box was sacked seven times.
Perkins' first score, a 14-yard scamper, gave Collins Hill a 14-0 lead at the break. But it was the opening drive of the third quarter that Sherrill thought set the tone for the rest of the game.
The Eagles went 73 yards on seven plays with Perkins carrying the ball five times for 60 of those yards, culminating with a 2-yard score. From that point, the rout was on.
"I'm so happy for our young men," Sherrill said. "With all the adversity we've been through this season, it was nice to see the offense explode tonight. We are excited to win three in a row."
Collins Hill entered the contest averaging less than 150 yards of offense a game, but rolled up 401 yards against the Wildcats, including 323 yards on the ground.
The Eagles played four different quarterbacks and eight different backs had carries, including Brian Small who added a 4-yard TD run to end the scoring for Collins Hill.
COLLINS HILL 35
Collins Hill: Rashad Head 51 pass from Brent McDonald (Sean Binner kick)
Collins Hill: Charles Perkins 14 run (Binner kick) 2:35
Collins Hill: Perkins 2 run (Binner kick) 9:27
Collins Hill: Perkins 4 run (Binner kick) 6:15
Collins Hill: Brian Small 4 run (Steven Sizemore kick) 9:30