By Chris Stephens Staff Correspondent Gwinnett Daily Post
Photo by Jamie Akoubian
SNELLVILLE — Collins Hill dominated from the opening whistle as it beat host Shiloh 48-12 Friday night at Shiloh Community Stadium.
The game, which was the first for Lenny Gregory as the Eagles’ head coach, saw his team run for a total of 329 yards.
“We’ve been focused on establishing our offense,” Gregory said. “The wing-T isn’t an easy offense to run, so a huge credit to our kids for executing.”
Collins Hill (1-0) opened the game with a 13-play drive, but was stalled inside the red zone, and had to settle for a Rodolfo Gonzales 26-yard field goal.
But after a three-and-out by the Generals, the Eagles went to work. Four plays into the drive, and on a third-and-21, quarterback Jon-Michael Findlay found Peyton Woulard wide open for a 65-yard touchdown pass. An Evan Anderson two-point conversion rush pushed the Eagles’ lead to 11-0.
“We wanted to establish the run game early and then sprinkle in a few play-action passes to keep their defense honest,” Gregory said.
The Collins Hill defense got in on the party late in the first quarter as a wall of defenders pushed Shiloh into its own end zone, forcing a fumble, which the Eagles recovered for a touchdown. Findlay’s two-point conversion rush made it 19-0 with 1:11 to go in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, the Eagles were back at it again. A 36-yard completion on third down to Daughtry put the Eagles in Shiloh territory. Four plays later, Anderson ran it in from the 3-yard line. Another two-point conversion, this time by Daughtry, put Collins Hill up 27-0.
However, Shiloh fought back on its next drive, taking advantage of a third-down pass-interference call to put the ball on the Collins Hill 27. Two plays later, quarterback Jase Ivey threw a fade into the end zone, and Dakota Thomas snagged it for the 12-yard score, making the score 27-6.
But that’s as close as the Generals got the rest of the game as the Eagles added two touchdowns — a 74-yard run by Jalen Johnson and a 19-yard pass from Findlay to Daughtry — to effectively put the game away at halftime, 41-6.
Both teams did add fourth-quarter scores, with Matthew Williams catching an 11-yard pass from Ivey for the Generals, and Eric Gonzales-Sorto catching a 17-yard pass from Kaleb Cook.
The Eagles were led by Findlay, who went 9-for-14 for 175 yards and two touchdowns, while Johnson had 125 yards on eight carries. Anderson also combined for 81 yards rushing and receiving.
Shiloh (0-1) was led by Ivey, who went 10-for-16 for 103 yards.
COLLINS HILL 48, SHILOH 12
Collins Hill 19 22 0 7 — 48
Shiloh 0 6 0 6 — 12
Collins Hill: Rodolfo Gonzales 26 FG 6:35
Collins Hill: Peyton Woulard 65 pass from John Michael Findlay (Evan Anderson 2-pt. conv. rush) 3:38
Collins Hill: fumble recovery in end zone (Findlay 2-pt. conv. rush) 1:11
Collins Hill: Evan Anderson 3 run (Justin Daughtry 2-pt. conv. reception) 9:30
Shiloh: Dakota Thomas 12 pass from Jase Ivey (conversion failed) 8:19
Collins Hill: Jalen Johnson 74 run (Austin Seymour kick) 2:06
Collins Hill: Daughtry 19 pass from Findlay (Seymour kick) :17
Shiloh: Matthew Williams 11 pass from Ivey (conversion failed) 7:41
Collins Hill: Eric Gonzales-Sorto 17 pass from Kaleb Cook (Seymour kick) 3:27