SUWANEE -- The Collins Hill Eagles tuned up for their first-round playoff matchup with nationally ranked Grayson by defeating Meadowcreek 51-0 in a Region 7-AAAAA matchup at Alan Fahring Field Friday night. The fourth seed in the region, they will play at the Region 8 champion next Friday.
"I'm happy for our seniors," Collins Hill coach Kevin Reach said. "We have made the playoffs four straight years and seniors like Andrew Everett and Sam Batiste have done a great job being leaders this year."
Fellow senior Jordan Parker had a huge night for Collins Hill (5-5, 4-3). Parker rushed 21 times for 190 yards and three touchdowns. Parker first lit the scoreboard with 8:07 left in the first quarter when he scored from 11 yards. On the conversion, holder Bradley Johnson pitched to kicker Mitchell Blanchard who ran in lifting the Eagles to an early 8-0 lead. Meadowcreek came right down the field against Collins Hill. Utilizing a fake punt where the Mustangs' Ryan Moore raced for 35 yards and a first down, Meadowcreek had a first and goal on the Eagles three. The defense stiffened and on fourth down, Moore was stopped on the one yard line.
Taking over at its own one, Collins Hill appeared to get out of the hole but a Parker 82-yard run negated by a holding penalty. The Eagles simply put together a nine play 99-yard tpuchdown drive that Parker capped from five yards out. Blanchard kicked this extra point and the lead was 15-0 mid way in the second quarter.
An interception by Collins Hill's Raymere Thomas set up the next Eagles score. This time quarterback Brett Sheehan scarambled in from the four and the extra point lifted the lead to 22-0 which the Eagles took into halftime.
In the third quarter, Sheehan, who was 9-for-15 for 129 yards, added to the lead again with his legs. Scoring on both the touchdown and the 2-point conversion, Collins Hill extended its lead to 30-0. Parker scored this third touchdown of the game with 11 seconds left in the quarter before the Eagles turned the game over to its future starters.
Tyler Henderson and RJ Burnette scored from seven and six yards respectively. Kevin Chacon converted the PAT's and it was on to thoughts of practice on Monday and the top ranked Rams.
"We have gotten better," Reach said. "We haven't played a game with four full quarters of great play. We've had spurts but if you are going to play a team like Grayson, you have to play four quarters really well."