LILBURN - New quarterback. New offensive line. No problem for Charles Perkins.
The Collins Hill running back rushed for 267 yards in the Eagles' 10-7 win over Parkview on Friday at the Big Orange Jungle.
"First five games I've got to carry this team," said Perkins, a Georgia Tech commitment. "Get them composed, get them settled in and do big things at the end of the season."
After losing its first four games to Parkview earlier this decade, Collins Hill has now beaten the Panthers two years in a row.
"It's our first win here at the Jungle, so this is a good way to start the season," Collins Hill quarterback Taylor Heinicke said.
Perkins rushed for 134 of his yards in the first half and had the Eagles' only touchdown in the second quarter on a 28-yard run.
"They were loading the box from the beginning," Perkins said. "I knew they were going to do that. Probably every game this year, I'll see nine, 10 or 11 in the box every single play. The offensive line did a great job and we pounded it every single play."
The offensive line of Danny Jaspers, Sasha Pasic, Hunter Himes, Corbin Robinson, Matt James and tight end Dustin Hallmark opened up holes for Perkins all night.
"(Perkins) certainly had a little help there around him, but he did a fantastic job tonight as expected," Collins Hill head coach Billy Wells said. "I thought Taylor Heinicke did a good job with his first start, made some big plays."
Parkview opened the game with an eight-play, 50-yard drive only to see it fizzle in the red zone with two penalties, a sack by Zach Davis and an interception thrown by Kalik Barnes. Collins Hill's Shayne Charpentier deflected the ball and Timmy Quinones came up with the pick.
Barnes hooked up with Jay Davis two possessions later for a 41-yard touchdown before the end of the first quarter.
The senior quarterback, who was making his first varsity start, was 15 of 23 for 194 yards. Barnes completed passes to six different receivers with Davis hauling in six catches for 104 yards.
Collins Hill came back on the ensuing drive to tie the game. Heinicke had an 18-yard bootleg to the left to keep the drive alive. Perkins ripped off a 28-yard scoring run down the right sideline to tie the game.
The Eagles came back with a 60-yard drive to the 19. Heinicke was sacked by Jesse Forte as Collins Hill tried to take the lead before the half. Matt Johnson blocked Craig Tanguay's 38-yard field goal to keep the game 7-7 at halftime.
"Going into halftime, that was huge," Parkview head coach Cecil Flowe said.
Johnson led the Parkview defense with 12 tackles, while Raphael Kirby had 11 and Kamau Brown had nine.
Collins Hill had two touchdowns called back in the second half on holding penalties. Heinicke had a 26-yard run in the third quarter for a TD and then a 14-yard pass to Hallmark called back.
The pass to Hallmark was part of a 14-play drive that started at Collins Hill's three-yard line. After the TD was called back, Collins Hill settled for a 27-yard field goal by Tanguay with 8:22 left in the game to go ahead 10-7.
After Collins Hill stopped Parkview one more time, Perkins went back to work, picking up a five-yard run on third down to seal the win.
"We did some of things we set out to do, just didn't make enough plays," Flowe said. "Perkins is tough. I knew he would be. We have to score more than seven points to win football games. Defense gives up 10 points to a running back like Perkins. We've got to score more points than that."
Travis Parker led Collins Hill's defense with nine tackles, while Zach Davis had six and Chris Caspari and Brad White each had five stops.