ROSWELL - After putting a record-setting offense on the field in 2010, many fans of Collins Hill wondered if the Eagles would be as successful this season.
If Friday night's game at Roswell is any indication, the Collins Hill faithful shouldn't have much to worry about.
COLLINS HILL 24, ROSWELL 21
Collins Hill 7 0 7 10 - 24
Roswell 7 14 0 0 - 21
Roswell: Corey Wilson 1 run (Bennett Barton kick) 6:48
Collins Hill: Jordan Parker 7 run (Mitchell Blanchard kick) :55
Roswell: Andrew Kwateng 7 run (Barton kick) 6:32
Roswell: Kwateng 2 run (Barton kick) 4:36
Collins Hill: Parker 1 run (Blanchard kick) 2:47
Collins Hill: Blanchard 30 FG, 9:59
Collins Hill: Tevin Holliday 31 pass from Bradley Johnson (Blanchard kick) 3:47
The Eagles dug themselves into an early 21-7 hole but settled down to score 17 unanswered points to rally for 24-21 win over the Hornets.
Quarterback Bradley Johnson, who took over after the graduation of prolific passer Taylor Heinicke, turned in a solid night with 179 yards on 9 of 18 attempts.
His final pass of was his biggest as he hit Tevin Holliday across the middle on a 31-yard touchdown strike to cap off the comeback, putting the Eagles up for good with 3:47 left to play.
That TD pass ended an 83-yard drive that took eight plays and just over three minutes. The Eagles also had to overcome three penalties on the drive that set them back an extra 23 yards.
The running game for Collins Hill (1-0) was also strong as senior back Jordan Parker carried the ball 27 times for 210 yards and two TDs.
The first half wasn't so smooth for the Eagles as Collins Hill fumbled the ball four times, losing three of them.
Two of those fumbles led to 14 points for Roswell and a lot of early momentum for the Hornets. The first of those TDs came midway in the second when Corey Wilson plowed in from one yard out for a 7-0 lead.
Collins Hill found its first points of the season two possessions later when it covered 75 yards on just five plays. Parker began the drive with a 41-yard run and ended it four plays later with a 7-yard TD run.
Roswell bounced back and reclaimed the lead on the ensuing possession with its best drive of the night, going 80 yards on 15 plays. Andrew Kwateng, who led Roswell (0-1) in rushing with 85 yards and two TDs on 22 carries, scored his first TD on a seven-yard run around the right corner.
Another Collins Hill fumble in the ensuing possession led to another Kwateng TD, putting the Hornets in control at the break 21-7.
But the defense for Collins Hill awoke in the second half, holding Roswell to no first downs in the third quarter and just three in the fourth period.
While the defense kept the Hornets from scoring, the Eagle offense solved its first-half fumbling issues and methodically started its comeback.
Parker scored his second TD of the night midway in the third on a 1-yard dive, while kicker Mitchell Blanchard cut the score to 21-17 with a 30-yard field goal early in the fourth.After Blanchard's kick, the defense once again forced a punt and the Eagles took over from their own 17, eventually taking its first lead three minutes later with Johnson's TD pass.
Connor Boston also put an end to any hopes of a Roswell comeback with an interception of quarterback Ryan Monty, who finished with 77 yards on 6 of 13 attempts. Monty was also picked off on the game's last play by Daniel Fish.