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Collins Hill 45, South Forsyth 8

CUMMING - The constant mist wasn't the only thing that put a damper on South Forsyth's senior night as Collins Hill downed the War Eagles 45-8 on Friday.

With the win, Collins Hill improves to 8-1 overall and 6-1 in Region 7-AAAAA, securing one of the four coveted playoff berths in the upcoming Class AAAAA state playoffs.

"It's great to be back in the playoffs," Collins Hill head coach Billy Wells said. "The kids have been working real hard since the summer and that was one of our goals."

South Forsyth, which played an inspired game last week against Peachtree Ridge, had no answer for Collins Hill's offense. The Eagles scored on their first seven possessions, racking up 408 total yards to 115 for South Forsyth (1-8, 1-6).

Quarterback Taylor Heinicke was nearly perfect for Collins Hill as he completed 9 of 14 passes for 235 yards and four touchdowns.

Two of those TD passes were for 33 yards each to Cameron Nolan, who finished with three catches for 81 yards. Jeff Glover snared one for 22 yards and Adam Green outran the defense on a screen pass for a 92-yard score.

"From the beginning of the game, I thought our kids came out and played hard and played with a purpose," Wells said. "We did a good job in all phases of the game and hit on all cylinders."

Running back Charles Perkins - who came into the game as the county's leading rusher with 1,325 yards - added 79 more to that total, carrying the ball 15 times and scoring twice on runs of 3 and 6 yards.

Nolan got things going on the opening drive when he caught his first TD pass to end a two-play, 34-yard drive. Perkins capped off the second drive of the night on a 3-yard plunge, giving Collins Hill a 14-0 lead at the end of the quarter.

Perkins scored again on the Eagles' first possession of the second quarter, ending a six-play, 51-yard drive with a 6-yard scoring run.

The next score was nearly a record setter for Collins Hill when Green took Heinicke's screen pass 92 yards for the TD, with the help of a nice block down field from Glover. The play was just one yard short of the longest pass play in Collins Hill history.

A Craig Tanguay's 27-yard field goal extended the lead to 31-0 midway through the second and Heinicke's third TD pass of the night, this one to Glover, brought the halftime score to 38-0.

With a running clock in the second half, Collins Hill kept the ball the entire third quarter on a drive that lasted 16 plays and 12:13. Both teams helped extend the drive by combining for eight penalties, with Nolan finally putting an end to it with his second TD of the game early in the fourth.

South Forsyth avoided the shutout when Brett Charron, who led the War Eagles with 57 yards rushing on 11 carries, scored on a 1-yard dive with 6:14 left to play.