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Collins Hill Eagles 2011 Football Preview

Collins Hill Eagles 2011 Football Preview

Mascot: Eagles. Coach: Kevin Reach (10-4 at Collins Hill, 10-4 overall) Region: 7-AAAAA Last playoff appearance: 2010

Offense

Opposing coaches are thrilled that one major cog in Collins Hill's offense has graduated.

Quarterback Taylor Heinicke led the Eagles to the state semifinals last season, but he's now at Old Dominion. Replacing his 4,218 passing yards and 44 touchdowns, both Gwinnett County season records, is impossible. His yardage total was the second-best ever in state history and his TD total is third-best.

Senior Bradley Johnson is the guy who will give replacing Heinicke his best shot.

"(Johnson's) doing very well," Collins Hill head coach Kevin Reach said. "He's a real smart kid and he's picked up the offense well. ... Where he was last year to where he is this year is like night and day. He's worked real hard. I've been real pleased with him."

Johnson has a few playmakers back to help him out, starting with big, strong running back Jordan Parker and speedy Nick England (pictured), a hybrid running back/wideout. The coaches expect Andrew Everett to be a big part of an offense that will feature more of a running attack than last season.

The line, led by left tackle Alan Hinderleider, also should be bigger than a year ago, but it will feature four new starters. Davis Bayles' move from defensive line also is an important addition to that unit.

The offensive changes aren't limited to personnel.

Reach, for the first time in his 23-year career, won't be the quarterbacks coach. He's turned that duty over to Berkmar grad and former Valdosta State QB/coach Sean Calhoun, while Reach will help coach the line.

"With (Calhoun) taking over the offense, I felt like he needed a hand in the quarterbacks and being a head coach, you have so many duties," Reach said. "And you have to have somebody there you can trust that you can give that job to and I trust (Calhoun) to do a great job."

Defense

Veteran defensive coordinator Larry Massey has six starters returning, including Sam Batiste, Everett and Shawn Stachler along the front. Jermichael Bailey is the only regular returning at linebacker, while safeties Conner Boston and Daniel Fish lead the secondary.

As much attention as Heinicke and the record-setting offense got last season, the defense is coming off an impressive year as well. The unit closed the regular season with three straight shutouts, one over perennial Region 7-AAAAA frontrunner Norcross, and then carried the load in a 7-3 playoff win over Woodstock on a night when the offense sputtered.

"I feel like we'll be better defensively than we were last year," Reach said. "We're a little bigger across the front, too."

Schedules:

2011 Schedule

Aug. 26 at Roswell

Sept. 2 at Brookwood

Sept. 9 at M.L. King

Sept. 16 North Gwinnett

Sept. 23 at Duluth

Oct. 7 Peachtree Ridge

Oct. 14 at Mill Creek

Oct. 21 Mountain View

Oct. 28 at Norcross

Nov. 4 Meadowcreek

2010 results (10-4)

Roswell W 13-9

Brookwood L 45-38^

M.L. King L 43-36

at North Gwinnett L 33-20

Duluth W 49-14

at P'tree Ridge W 14-10

Mill Creek W 42-34

at Mountain View W 24-0

Norcross W 42-0

at Meadowcreek W 36-0

Woodstock W 7-3

at Roswell W 35-24

at Lowndes W 31-28*

at Brookwood L 26-7

*Overtime; ^2OT

The next level

Reach set the bar high in his first season as head coach.

The Eagles reached the state semifinals for just the second time in school history (losing to eventual state champion Brookwood) and matched the school record for wins in a season with 10. They won nine straight games heading into the Brookwood loss, including a thrilling overtime win at perennial power Lowndes in the quarterfinals.

The season boosted the players' confidence greatly.

"Last year's success, I think that will carry over into this season," Reach said. "What I've seen so far is that it hasn't been hard to get them out there and working this year. They're very self-motivated."

The season was a big breakthrough for Collins Hill, which went 8-3 in both 2008 and 2009 but lost in the first round of the playoffs both of those seasons.

Etc.

Understaffed somewhat last year compared to some of their opponents, the Eagles picked up three new assistant coaches in the offseason. Reach hired former UGA player Ben Reaves Jr. to coach wide receivers, former Valdosta State player Brian Simmons to coach defensive ends and Duluth grad Dante Williams (who played at Samford) as a ninth-grade coach. ... Kicker Mitchell Blanchard was a huge bright spot last season with just one field goal miss, in addition to going 50-for-50 on PATs. He's added punting to his duties this season.

-Will Hammock

PROBABLE STARTERS

Offense

QB Bradley Johnson (6-1, 170, Sr.)

RB Jordan Parker (6-2, 205, Sr.)

FB Iain Risk (5-11, 180, Sr.)

RB/WR Nick England (6-0, 175, Sr.)

WR Andrew Everett (6-5, 205, Sr.)

WR Tevin Holliday (5-11, 165, Sr.)

WR Shane Daniel (6-0, 170, Sr.)

OT Alan Hinderleider (6-2, 280, Sr.)

OG Davis Bayles (6-0, 200, Sr.)

C Chris Stewart (6-0, 230, Sr.)

OG Andrew Pak (6-0, 220, Sr.)

OT Marshall Sutton (6-2, 270, Jr.)

PK Mitchell Blanchard (5-11, 170, Jr.)

Defense

DT Sam Batiste (6-31"a2, 250, Sr.)

DT Kyle Scott (6-1, 280, Sr.)

DE Andrew Everett (6-5, 205, Sr.)

DE Shawn Stachler (6-2, 210, Sr.)

LB Jermichael Bailey (6-1, 200, Sr.)

LB Justin Wyatt (6-0, 190, Sr.)

LB Sterling Alexander (5-11, 208, Sr.)

SS Daniel Fish (6-0, 180, Jr.)

FS Conner Boston (6-1, 180, Sr.)

CB Will Stewart (5-11, 170, Sr.)

CB Austin Lewis (5-11, 175, Sr.)

CB Mario Terry (5-10, 175, Sr.)

P Mitchell Blanchard (5-11, 170, Jr.)

Collins Hill roster

1 Will Stewart RB/DB 12

2 Andrew Everett WR/LB 12

3 Bradley Johnson QB 12

4 Justin Wyatt WR/LB 11

5 Nick England WR/DB 12

7 Bobby Jones TE/DE 12

8 Brandon Black WR/DB 12

9 Shawn Stachler TE/DE 12

10 Conner Boston WR/DB 12

11 Raymere Thomas WR/DB 11

12 Brett Sheehan QB/DB 11

13 Sam Davies WR/DB 12

14 Mitchell Blanchard PK/P 11

15 Daniel Fish WR/DB 11

16 Jermichael Bailey RB/LB 12

17 Tyler Agee WR/DB 12

18 Darrin Frye QB 11

19 Shane Daniel WR/DB 12

20 Tevin Holliday WR/DB 12

21 Jordan Parker RB/LB 12

22 Austin Lewis RB/DB 12

23 Johnny Dekoskie WR/DB 12

24 Mario Terry RB/DB 12

25 Julian Williams TE/LB 12

26 Tyler Henderson RB/DB 10

27 Flinn Boston WR/DB 11

28 Tony Gochett WR/DB 12

29 Rhyan England WR/DB 10

30 Ethan Mott RB/LB 11

31 Sterling Alexander RB/LB 11

32 Cameron Black WR/DB 11

33 Darryl Greene RB/LB 12

34 Iain Risk RB/LB 12

35 Corbin Palmer TE/DE 12

36 R.J. Burnette RB/DE 11

37 Chris Madkins RB/LB 12

38 Julian DuPree RB/DB 11

39 Jordan Brust PK 11

40 Ryan Frechette RB/DB 11

41 Quentin Jones WR/DB 10

42 T.J. Taylor RB/DE 12

44 Mychael Miller WR/DB 11

45 Brian Anderson RB/DB 12

46 Conner Wallace QB 10

48 Shawn Mount RB/LB 10

49 Amadi Stephens WR/DB 10

50 Amir Lakany OL/DL 12

51 Jonathan Cross OL/DL 11

52 Franky Filto OL/DL 10

53 Chris Stewart OL/DL 12

54 Kip Whitney OL/LB 11

55 Adam Stokes OL/DL 11

56 Andrew Pak OL/DL 12

57 Chandler Bills OL/DL 11

58 Davis Bayles OL/DL 12

59 Nathan Kinjo OL/DL 11

60 Ian Torke OL/DL 11

61 Marshall Sutton OL/DL 11

62 Ben Mueller OL/DL 11

63 Jaelen Hogan OL/DL 11

67 Alan Hinderleider OL/DL 12

68 Christian Matos OL/DL 12

72 Stephen Bedoya OL/DL 11

73 Conner Deneau OL/DL 12

75 Christian Harris OL/DL 10

76 Ken Houck OL/DL 12

77 Sam Batiste OL/DL 12

79 Josh Peterson OL/DL 11

80 Grant McDonald WR/DB 10

81 C.J. Davis WR/DB 10

82 Brandon Bills TE/LB 12

83 Tommy Lawrence WR/DB 10

84 Xavier Jones WR/DB 11

86 Ange Konan WR/DB 11

87 David Iranije WR/DB 11

88 Gary Richardson TE/DE 11

89 Chase Seymour TE/LB 10

90 Tre Palmer OL/DL 11

92 Kyle Scott OL/DL 12

99 Kevin Chacon PK 12