SUWANEE - Collins Hill remained unbeaten on the season by escaping with a 17-10 homecoming win over Northview on Friday night.
The Eagles (4-0, 2-0 Region 7-AAAAA) jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first half and looked as if they would roll to an easy victory, but the second half proved to be anything but.
Penalties once again plagued Collins Hill as it was struck with 12 for 114 yards. The first four came on the Eagles' first possession of the game, which resulted in a touchdown.
Despite being set back 35 yards, Michael Box capped off the 13-play drive with a 29-yard TD pass to Josh Davis. The drive was also kept alive by a great play by Chris Caspari who was deep to punt on fourth down at the Collins Hill 47 when he took a low snap and could not get the punt off, so he ran for 10 yards and the first down
"We inflicted a lot of injury upon ourselves," Collins Hill head coach Billy Wells said. "We just have to go to work again tomorrow on it."
Craig Tanguay connected on a 31-yard field goal on the Eagles' next possession to make it a 10-0 ball game with 9:26 to play in the first half.
After Northview (0-4, 0-2 Region 7-AAAAA) failed to convert a fake punt on fourth-and-11 at its own 34, the Eagles took over on the Titans' 32. Four plays later, Box threw his second TD pass of the night to Destry Berry from 22 yards out.
Despite scoring on their first three possessions, the Eagles could not keep the ball away from the Northview wishbone offense in the second half.
The Titans were completely shut down by a strong defensive effort in the first half but got things going in the third quarter when Collins Hill gave them the ball at the Eagles' 22 after Caspari's knee was down on another low snap. Northview took over and four plays later scored on a six-yard TD run by Rashad Conner. The score made it 17-7 with 7:11 to play in the third quarter.
Chad Elsey kicked a 21-yard field goal with 8:47 left in the game to cut the lead to 7.
The Eagles were able to get some momentum back late in the game led by Charles Perkins. Collins Hill got the ball with 2:53 to play and picked up three first downs to run out the clock.
Perkins ended the game with 128 yards on 21 carries. Box was 6 of 11 for 99 yards and two TDs.
Wells was happy with his team's ability to overcome the second-half adversity and remain undefeated.
"Our offense responded in the fourth quarter," Wells said. "It's a good start for our program. We're just looking forward to next week."
Collins Hill 17, Northview 10
Collins Hill: Josh Davis 29 pass from Michael Box (Paul Wilson kick) 2:47
Collins Hill: Craig Tanguay 31 FG, 9:26
Collins Hill: Destry Berry 22 pass from Box (Wilson kick) 5:50
Northview: Rashad Conner 6 run (Chad Elsey kick) 7:11
Northview: Elsey 21 FG, 8:47