SUWANEE - Collins Hill running back Charles Perkins was a Halloween nightmare for the South Forsyth defense, but the leg of kicker Craig Tanguay was the final nail in the coffin as the Eagles edged South Forsyth 31-28 on Friday.
Tanguay's 32-yard field goal as time expired was the game-winner, rescuing the hosts.
"We made some mistakes in the first half and really struggled," Collins Hill head coach Billy Wells said. "Credit to our kids in the end game, things we had worked on in practice we put into execution there in our two-minute drill in the end of the game and Craig Tanguay knocked it in there in the end."
Collins Hill (8-1, 6-1 7-AAAAA) struck first with a physical 14-play, 93-yard drive culminating on a two-yard run by Perkins that gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead. South Forsyth answered that drive with a solid 12-play, 80-yard drive in the second quarter that tied the game after quarterback Nick Belyew ran the ball into the corner of the end zone.
Collins Hill struggled a bit before it struck again when Perkins took the ball from quarterback Michael Box and burst through a gaping hole for an 80-yard touchdown run to give the Eagles a 14-7 advantage. Perkins dominated on offense, gaining 214 rushing yards on 18 carries and pleasing his coach.
"Charles had another good game, certainly when the holes were there but also when the holes were closed up found a way to physically get through the line of scrimmage," Wells said.
The Eagles put South Forsyth (3-6, 2-5, 7-AAAAA) back into the game, when Box threw an out route that seemed to float in the air and into the hands of South Forsyth defensive back Salem Collins, who tight-roped down the sideline for a 65-yard interception return that sent the game to a 14-14 deadlock at the half.
In the third quarter, Perkins was heard from again as he took a direct snap and ran it to the house from 61 yards out to give his team a seven-point advantage. But South Forsyth answered with back-to-back TDs.
Trailing for the first time in the game, the Eagles needed some help from the defense and offense to tie up the ball game. The Eagles' defense came up with the stop, forcing South Forsyth to punt, giving Collins Hill the ball in good field position.
The Eagles took full advantage, as Box connected with Josh Davis, who turned a good gain into a great one as he got the ball down to the South Forsyth 21-yard line after making the reception From there, Box would threw his best pass of the game; a strike caught to Destry Berry for the game-tying score.
South Forsyth was unable to move the ball and Collins Hill got the ball back with just under two minutes left. Box again connected with Davis, who zigzagged down to the South Forsyth 23, before getting hit out of bounds and earning more yardage on a South Forsyth personal foul penalty.
After a short run, Tanguay booted it just inside the right goal post to give Collins Hill the win and keep it among the leaders in tough 7-AAAAA.