Collins Hill falls in 66-41 shootout with West Forsyth

Collins Hill's Brett Sheehan

Collins Hill's Brett Sheehan

CUMMING -- Collins Hill head coach Kevin Reach wasn't surprised that his first round Class AAAAAA playoff game at West Forsyth was a high scoring affair. He just wasn't expecting both teams to combine to break the 100-point mark.

West Forsyth opened up a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back as the Wolverines ran away with a 66-41 win over the Eagles, setting up a home date next week in the second round against Parkview.

"(West Forsyth) has a good team and No. 10 was their highlight reel," Reach said. "They put a whipping on us."

The No. 10 Reach referred to was Jake Wieczorek, who accounted for four of the nine toucdowns scored by West Forsyth (10-1). Three of those scores came on the ground as the Middle Tennesse State commit racked up 277 yards on just 12 carries. His three scores were on runs of 24, 68 and 74 yards. His other score came on a 98-yard kickoff return in the second quarter.

"We knew he was good player coming into the game," Reach said.

The Wolverines wasted no time in jumping on the Eagles as Will Brown returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a score. Collins Hill took over on the ensuing possession and lasted just two plays when quarterback Brett Sheehan was intercepted on his second throw of the night.

That opened the door the Wieczorek's first TD of the night, a 24-yard run.

The Wolverines would carry a 17-0 lead into the second period when Collins Hill (6-5) stirred to life. Sheehan, who hadn't played much the last two weeks with an ankle sprain, started to shake off his rustiness and led the Eagles to three TDs in the second period.

Daniel Fish capped off the first Eagle scoring drive early in the second with a 2-yard run, while Sheehan hooked up with Grant McDonald on scoring plays of 16 and 32 yards to give Collins Hill 21 points in the period.

The problem was that West Forsyth squeezed in two TDs of its own in the period, both on the legs of Wieczorek with his kickoff return and 68-yard TD run on a sweep around the right end.

"We needed a turnover or something like that to happen to us," Reach said. "We also turned the ball over on downs a couple of times and had two kickoffs returned on us. You can't win like that and we were fighting an uphill battle all night."

Trailing 31-21 at the half, Collins Hill was still in the game but its first two possessions of the third quarter resulted in punts. West Forsyth answered with TDs each time it took over after those punts, one on a 36-yard TD pass from A.J. Ederly to Ty Anderson and the other on Wieczorek's 76-yard run to extend the lead to 45-21.

The two teams would trade scores the rest of the game, with Sheehan tossing three more TD passes, two more to McDonald and one to Amadi Stephens. Sheehan ended up with a huge night, throwing for 349 yards and five TDs on 27 of 49 attempts with two interceptions.

His top target was Justin Wyatt, who hauled in seven passes for 124 yards, while McDonald caught six passes for 114 yards and four TDs. Stephens added five catches and a score for 53 yards, while Julian Williams finished with 49 yards on five receptions. The running game never got going for the Eagles as the Wolverines held Collins Hill to 56 yards on the ground.

The Wolverines, however, had no trouble running the ball, tallying 411 yards on the ground, getting an additional 96 yards on 20 carries from Trever O'Brien with one TD. They also moved the ball through the air, getting 161 yards on 5 of 10 passes and one TD from Erdely.