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Eagles pull away for key victory over Mountain View

SUWANEE -- Collins Hill and Mountain View both still had playoff aspirations heading into their Region 7-AAAAA matchup Friday night, with the loser being on the outside looking in. After a tight first half, the Eagles scored 27 unanswered points after trailing 10-7 in the first quarter to win 34-10 on Homecoming.

Collins Hill (4-4, 3-2) looked sharp on its first possession after receiving the opening kickoff and going 56 yards in three plays. Justin Wyatt had a 42-yard touchdown run and the Eagles were up 7-0. The Bears answered with an 11-play, 71-yard drive of their own mainly highlighted by Marvin Elam's 14-yard TD run. The Bears (2-6, 1-4) also had two big fourth-down conversions to keep the drive alive.

Mountain View then kicked off with a high, short kick that was never touched by a Collins Hill player and the Bears recovered it and took over at the Eagles' 35-yard line. They were unable to turn it into a TD but Jeffrey Stone converted a 32-yard field goal and the Bears had a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Collins Hill head coach Kevin Reach was not happy with his team's performance and said he made it known to them in the locker room at halftime.

"I just chewed them out," Reach said. "That was probably one of the worst efforts since I've been here at Collins Hill. We just didn't come ready to play. I've preached it all year that if we could put four quarters together that we would be a hard team to beat."

The Eagles responded and came out in the second half and dominated.

Mountain View received the second half kickoff and on the second play Elam fumbled and the Eagles recovered and took over at the Mountain View 27-yard line. Four plays later, Brett Sheehan connected with Tevin Holliday for a 17-yard score. It was Sheehan's second TD pass of the game and it gave Collins Hill a 20-10 lead with 9:35 to play in the third quarter.

The Eagles never let Mountain View back in the game after that forcing three punts and a turnover on downs late in the game. Sheehan almost had a third TD strike when he hit Justin Wyatt over the middle and Wyatt took it to the goal line and as he reached across and hit the ground the ball came loose and was recovered by Mountain View. It was ruled a fumble and a touchback. It would have been Wyatt's second TD of the night as well.

The Eagles continued to move the ball well in the second half as Jordan Parker had a four-yard TD run to cap off a five-play, 56-yard drive and a 11-yard run that put the finishing touches on a five-play, 60-yard drive.

Parker ended the game with 99 yards rushing on 22 attempts. Sheehan was 17 of 24 passing for 239 yards with two TDs and no interceptions. Elam had 102 yards rushing on 23 carries for Mountain View.