Collins Hill's football players are shown with Auburn head coach Gene Chizik after winning the Tigers' passing league team camp title last Friday.
The Collins Hill football team's first trip to the Auburn University Team Camp got off to a rough start, with news that starting quarterback Brett Sheehan couldn't play.
The severity of Sheehan's injury, a pulled abdominal muscle from Central Gwinnett's recent 7-on-7 passing tourney, wasn't discovered until just before the Eagles' trip to Auburn. But the situation didn't bother them.
Backup Conner Wallace, a rising junior, had a great tournament as Collins Hill went 10-0 in 7-on-7 games to win the Tigers' annual showcase. The Eagles defeated Center Hill (Miss.) 39-6 in the 24-team event.
"We kind of found out about it the day before (Auburn), that Brett was going to need to rest at least two or three weeks so it wouldn't be a nagging injury that bothers him the rest of the year," Collins Hill head coach Kevin Reach said. "But Conner did a great job stepping in. He did very well. You're only as good as your backup quarterback and he did a great job."
Collins Hill typically attends Georgia's passing camp, which it won in 2010 under record-breaking quarterback Taylor Heinicke, but Reach wanted to change up the schedule this summer. The visit to Auburn went well for his passing unit, but also his linemen, who finished second out of 30 teams at the Tigers' Lineman Challenge.
Along with Wallace, receivers Julian Williams, Grant McDonald, Tyler Henderson, Justin Wyatt, Rhyan England and C.J. Davis also stood out for the offensive unit.
The Eagles' defense, led by Daniel Fish, Flinn Boston, Raymere Thomas and Darrin Frye, was just as stout. It held Center Hill scoreless in the finals, with the six points all coming off Center Hill defensive stops of the Collins Hill offense.
The championship game was played in the Tigers' Jordan-Hare Stadium.
"The finals in the stadium was neat," Reach said. "They bussed us over and put us in the locker room before the game. The music was going and they played the five-minute video they play before (the Auburn players) walk out on the field before games. We came out of the tunnel and the big jumbotron scoreboard was going. It was a great experience."
The latest passing league title maintains a trend of summer success by the Eagles. They won the UGA tourney and the Flowery Branch title in 2010 under Heinicke, then made the semis at UGA last summer.
Collins Hill added another championship with the Auburn trip, giving the Region 7-AAAAA team a big boost.
"I know it's still 7-on-7, but it's a good sign for us early in the summer," Reach said.