Collins Hill wide receiver Nick England is stopped by Duluth defensive back Tyler Davis during the fourth quarter of Friday's game played in Duluth. Duluth linebacker Joshua Johnson (34) assists in the tackle.
DULUTH -- Collins Hill made its game plan very clear on its first drive.
After intercepting Duluth for the first of five times in the game, the Eagles marched 48 yards in seven plays, taking up more than five minutes of the first quarter and the only yards not coming on the back of running back Jordan Parker were Duluth penalty yards.
And it continued on the next drive. In all, Parker carried the ball on 13 of the Eagles' first 16 plays. And once he got going, the rest of the Eagles followed in a 35-13 win over injury-plagued Duluth.
Parker picked up 115 of his 129 yards off 17 carries in the first half. From then, the running slowed down. Not the carries, just the yards. Parker had carries in all four quarters, racking up 25 official carries, not including the ones negated by the Eagles' multitude of penalties. At one point in the fourth quarter, the Eagles' feature back was the only player on the field not wearing a pristine white jersey. No other running back carried the ball for Collins Hill until Tyler Henderson got his first of six carries with slightly more than four minutes to go in the game.
But Parker's early dominance set the tone for the Eagles and opened up the passing game.
After Parker failed to score on two attempts from 3 yards out, Brett Sheehan found Nick England for Collins Hill's second touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
Without starting quarterback Anfornee Stewart, out with an ankle injury, the Wildcats' offense sputtered against the Eagles' defense. Will DeLorenzo played well, but his three first-half interceptions led to 14 Collins Hill points, including a 42 yard return for a touchdown by Austin Lewis to cap the first-half scoring. The Eagles nearly added to their lead in the final minute off of a Jermichael Bailey interception that gave Collins Hill the ball at the Duluth 23. But the Eagles' got no closer than the 10-yard line before attempting a last-second field goal that sailed wide left.
But even down 28-0 at the half, Duluth fought back.
The Wildcats got on the board with a 14-yard sweep by Henry Enyenihi late in the third quarter. Collins Hill had forced a punt, but Duluth recovered the muffed punt, on the Eagles' 35. The second-life on the drive and the score couldn't fully revive the Duluth attack.
The Wildcats forced a three-and-out on the Eagles' next possession and appeared to be making a rally. But Austin Lewis came up with his second pick of the game, returning the ball to the Duluth 8. Even after blocking a field goal attempt, Duluth couldn't capitalize and time began to wane.
The Wildcats threw their fourth interception on a fourth down, setting up Collins Hill from 23 yards out. Two plays later, Sheehan found Tony Gochett on the outside and he sprinted 20 yards for the Eagles' final score.
Sheehan ended the game 9 of 18 for 115 yards and three touchdowns. He found England twice in the first half, including a 42-yard completion. He didn't throw an interception. England caught five balls for a team-high 71 yards, and four other receivers caught one pass for the Eagles.
No running back surpassed 100 yards for Duluth and DeLorenzo finished 14 for 30 for 118 yards and five interceptions.
Both teams committed more than 100 yards in penalties in a sloppy game.