Photo: Craig Cappy Collins Hill's Daniel Fish, far right, scores at touchdown as Mountain View defender Greg Burns (4) reaches for him as he is blocked by Eagle offensive lineman Ben Mueller (62) during Friday's game.
SUWANEE -- Collins Hill coach Kevin Reach was looking for a complete game full of effort and lack of mistakes. He was pleased with what he saw as Collins Hill rolled to a 40-7 Region 7-AAAAAA victory over Mountain View on Friday night.
"We haven't played out best yet," Reach said. "But tonight we moved closer to it. Our defense and special teams really played well. Mitchell Blanchard is doing a good job on touchbacks with his kickoffs and the other team usually has to start on its own 20."
It looked to be a continuation of Eagles miscues that plagued them in previous games as on the game's first possession, Collins Hill was flagged three times and forced to punt. However, instead of spiraling out of control, the Eagles broke the cycle and it was the defense that struck first.
With the Bears (2-3, 1-2) backed up to their own five, Mountain View quarterback Chris Bartlett rolled to the left to pass. However Collins Hill's Evan Pearson tackled him in the end zone for a safety. The free kick from the Bears was returned by Tyler Henderson all the way to the Mountain View 15 where four plays later, Daniel Fish scored over right tackle from the 2. Mitchell Blanchard's extra point upped the Collins Hill lead to 9-0 halfway through the first quarter.
Collins Hill bottled up the Bears offense and took its next drive 53 yards on nine plays with Henderson scoring from the 6. The conversion was good and the lead was 16-0 just as the second quarter began. A Blanchard field goal of 27 yards on the Eagles' next possession increased the lead to 19-0, and with 1:45 left in the half, Brett Sheehan scrambled 25 yards for a touchdown to give Collins Hill (3-1, 2-0) a 26-0 lead at halftime.
Any hopes for a Mountain View comback were dashed on the first play of the third quarter as Collins Hill sophomore Thomas Harris raced 68 yards for a touchdown. Henderson increased the lead to 40-0 in the third quarter when he broke three tackles and bullied his way into the end zone with a 16 yard run.
As the Eagles emptied their bench, Mountain View scored with 7:52 remaining in the game when Marvin Elam dove in from the one. Alex Herring was good on the conversion as the Eagles turn their attention to next week's game with Peachtree Ridge.
"The Peachtree Ridge game is a big rivalry," Reach said. "We expect a lot from our kids, and we will need to work hard next week to get better."