Collins Hill at Lambert
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at The Horn in Suwanee.
Records, rankings: Collins Hill is 5-5, 5-2 in Region 7-AAAAAA and unranked; Lambert is 8-2, 8-1 in Region 6-AAAAAA and unranked.
Series history: First meeting.
Last meeting: N/A
What to know: Lambert is 0-4 in playoff appearances since opening in 2009 and playing a full schedule, starting in 2010. The Longhorns hope to break the mold against a .500 team in Collins Hill and home field advantage on their side, though this game won’t be as easy as it seems.
Like Norcross, Collins Hill’s two most recent losses came against Mill Creek and Peachtree Ridge—two top-10 teams—and the Eagles had a dominating four-game win streak in the middle of their season, starting 4-0 in Region 7.
Collins Hill boasts four Division I commits, including three headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Tomon Fox, a defensive end, will play at North Carolina; linebacker Emmanuel Belmar is going to Virginia Tech and his position-mate Robert Snyder will play at Virginia. Jordan Bertrand, a defensive back, is committed to Miami (OH), while receiver Justin Macaulay is considered a mid-major prospect.
Lambert will combat Collins Hill’s talent with a running game behind Cincinnati commit Sean Bailey and the rest of a senior offensive line, but will need to find its running game earlier than it did last week when a large majority of Will Kohlins’ 100-plus-yard effort came on two runs in garbage time. Kohlins, a sophomore, Dylan Shephard and Marcus Chatelain will likely be the running back combination with Ken Dicks (wrist) and Brian Wright (knee) still complicated by injuries.
The Longhorns also will need a crisp performance in the passing game. Georgia Southern commit, receiver Tanner Hall hasn’t been the focus of the offense as much as expected heading into the season.