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Third-quarter outburst leads to Collins Hill's 41-10 win

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Collins Hill running back Tyler Henderson (5) breaks the tackle attempts from Peachtree Ridge linebackers Devin Davidson (40) and Dorian Pogman (34) for a touchdown during high school football action at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee on Friday. Henderson scored three touchdowns contributing to Collins Hill defeating Peachtree Ridge 41-10.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Collins Hill running back Tyler Henderson (5) breaks the tackle attempts from Peachtree Ridge linebackers Devin Davidson (40) and Dorian Pogman (34) for a touchdown during high school football action at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee on Friday. Henderson scored three touchdowns contributing to Collins Hill defeating Peachtree Ridge 41-10.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Collins Hill linebackers Jonathan Thomas (27) and Sterling Alexander (31) celebrate the sack of Peachtree Ridge quarterback Bryson Sellers (12) during high school football action between at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee on Friday. Collins Hill defeated Peachtree Ridge 41-10.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Collins Hill defensive back Rhyan England (7) gestures a No. 1 signal after making a fourth down stop during high school football action against Peachtree Ridge at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee on Friday. Collins Hill defeated Peachtree Ridge 41-10.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Peachtree Ridge quarterback Bryson Sellers (12) avoids the tackle attempt by Collins Hill defensive lineman Miles Fox (76) during high school football action at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee on Friday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Collins Hill defensive back Raymere Thomas (1) prevents Peachtree Ridge wide receiver Joe Horn (4) from catching the ball during high school football action at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee on Friday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Collins Hill senior Christian Mejia, center, taunts the Peachtree Ridge "The Tribe" prior to the high school football action between Peachtree Ridge and Collins Hill at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee on Friday.

SUWANEE -- On the first play of the second half, Collins Hill quarterback Brett Sheehan threw a lateral to receiver Julian Williams.

The senior found an open Quentin Jones down the left sideline for an easy 80-yard touchdown pass.

That play set the tone for the second half. Collins Hill scored 20 third-quarter points as it rolled to a 41-10 victory over rival Peachtree Ridge.

"This is such a big rivalry game," Collins Hill running back Tyler Henderson said. "I love that score after last year's game."

Peachtree Ridge beat Collins Hill on a last-second touchdown a year ago.

Friday's win was sweet redemption for the Eagles, who have won four straight games since dropping their season opener.

Collins Hill (4-1, 3-0) will host undefeated and No. 3-ranked Norcross for first place in Region 7-AAAAAA next week.

"It will be a dog fight," Collins Hill coach Kevin Reach said.

Friday's game against Peachtree Ridge started out as a slugfest. Sheehan led a pair of second-quarter, 80-yard scoring drives to give the Eagles a 14-10 halftime lead.

"They did a good job," Peachtree Ridge coach Mark Fleetwood said. "We got to the half and were in good shape."

Then Collins Hill opened the second half with Jones' 80-yard TD pass from Williams.

"We came out with a big play that sparked it. From there we were hyped," Henderson said.

Evan Pearson then stopped the Lions' Jordan Davis on fourth-and-one to give the Eagles the ball back at their own 41.

"That was huge. We came up with a big stop there," Reach said. "That was the play of the game."

Sheehan threw a 43-yard screen pass to Williams to set up Henderson's one-yard TD run. After the PAT was blocked, the Eagles led 27-10.

Sheehan was 21 of 28 passing for 301 yards and two TDs, completing passes to seven different receivers. Williams was his leading pass catcher with five receptions for 101 yards.

"I thought Brett did a nice job tonight," Reach said.

Collins Hill's defense, which was led by seven tackles from Daniel Fish and Rhyan England and six stops by Sterling Alexander and Raymere Thomas and an interception by Darrin Frye, made another defensive stand to give the Eagles the ball back.

"I was pleased with our defensive front. They played great," Reach said.

Sheehan went to work again with a 28-yard pass to Henderson, who then scored his third TD on a one-yard run. Henderson finished with 32 yards rushing and 58 yards receiving.

"He's a competitor. He's always ready to play week in and week out," Reach said. "He's not big in stature, but he plays like a giant."

England scored on a 32-yard pass from Sheehan in the fourth quarter to put the game away 41-10.

"They got after us and we couldn't recover," Fleetwood said.

Dominick Hall's sack of Sheehan on third down forced the Eagles to punt the ball inside their own 10. Drew Moody also had two sacks, while Devin Davidson made eight tackles and Dorian Pogman made six stops.

Travis Bowers caught the punt at midfield and returned it 38 yards to set up Bryson Sellers' one-yard TD run before the end of the first quarter. Bowers also blocked a PAT in the third quarter. Sellers was 12 of 23 passing for 166 yards.

Collins Hill responded with Sheehan throwing a four-yard TD pass to C.J. Davis to tie it 7-7.

The Lions (2-4, 2-2) drove to the Eagles six, but had to settle for a 20-yard field goal by Connor Rouleau to make it 10-7 with 3:38 left in the half.

Sheehan guided his second 80-yard scoring drive, converting on third down with a 10-yard pass to Henderson and throwing a 20-yard gain to Williams. Henderson scored on a five-yard run with 50 seconds left in the half to give Collins Hill a 14-10 lead.

"I wanted more. I was hungry," Henderson said.

Henderson scored two more TDs in the third quarter as the Eagles cruised to victory.

"Hat's off to Collins Hill. They played their tail off," Fleetwood said.

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LionPride 2 years, 1 month ago

Too bad the Collins Hill student section is one of the most disrespectful and hostile groups I've ever seen.

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caleblewis94 2 years, 1 month ago

Rude and disrespectful, we are!? One of our guys got stabbed by a Ridge student. That's just ghetto.

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blueyesol 2 years, 1 month ago

They do not know who stabbed the young man...I state that clearly in my posting. Just want to clear that up! Additionally, The media and police are reporting that he did not get stabbed...but the main thing is that he is okay and no one was hurt worse!

Let's get it together folks and have some gridiron football on the field!

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blueyesol 2 years, 1 month ago

Oddly enough it seems that it was one of our Collins Hill students that got stabbed at the game and another one of our students got beaten severely at the McDonalds down the street from PR High School. Who is disrespectful and hostile again?

It's one thing to run out on the field and celebrate, if I remember correctly Peachtree Ridge students did the same thing last year at our field. It's not uncommon to do that and our students immediately turned around and came off the field with no incidents. As far as the singing of the National Anthem...I do not agree with the student body singing, being a Military veteran, I feel very strongly about being respectful in that aspect! I was on the Peachtree Ridge side and there were some that were singing the National Anthem too!

Bottom line is that these two schools are rivals and there was an anticipation that antics would occur, but when some one is injured to the magnitude that our students were...and I'm not stating by who they were stabbed or beaten down because I don't have the full facts...it just amazes me how people filter all aspects of what happened last night!

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JDEAGLE 2 years, 1 month ago

@LionPride

Hello! Pot, meet kettle.

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slo2ga 2 years, 1 month ago

This rivalry goes back to the beginning of when Peachtree Ridge was built. The new district broke up kids that had been together. The Ridge started all of their sports programs with the kids that didn't get to play at Collins Hill, North Gwinnett and Duluth. In a word, they were terrible. However over the years, the teams got better with playoff appearances and some state championships. This has never sat well with the three other schools and so the rivalry was born.

I live near PRHS and anytime any Collins Hill team comes to play any sport, our neighborhood gets egged and tagged with the green CH. We have been to Collins Hill for games (all sports) and had cars keyed and threats made against us in the stands. It goes both ways. I have heard this same story every year for at least the past 3 years that CH comes to the Ridge. Someone "gets beat up and stabbed at the McDonalds." I can't say whether it is true or not but until I see the police and hospital report, I take it with a grain of salt.

There have been some fun spirited rivalry - the palm tree planted by CH on the Ridge baseball field, the tree planted on the CH football sideline by PRHS and others. This is what the kids need to strive to get back to - nothing violent or too destructive. Clean fun!

Let's hope they and their parents can all learn to behave.

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blueyesol 2 years, 1 month ago

I definitely feel that the fun spirited rivalry that has gone on between Peachtree Ridge and Collins Hill is a great way to express HARMLESS spirit.

The line is crossed when players, students and even parents cannot contain their mouths, keep their hands to themselves, nor the ability to keep the environment a positive one at a competition.

I know the student that was stabbed and I don't take it as a grain of salt. The fact remains that whether police or hospital reports or media attention is revealed, there needs to be some sort of containment at these games.

And YES it starts from the parents, but we all know this is a repeated phrase... Some things never change!

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blueyesol 2 years, 1 month ago

As a responsible parent, I am retracting my statement about the CH student being stabbed and another one being beat up. I thought the information was reliable and did not check the facts completely before blogging. Lesson learned and will from here on out take what I hear as "grain of salt" in the future, until I hear it directly from the horses mouth!

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