Third-ranked Pisgah pounds Collinsville

Report courtesy of Jason Bowen, Jackson County Sentinel


COLLINSVILLE – The Pisgah football team continues to keep scoreboard operators busy.

The third-ranked Eagles put together another high-scoring first half, scoring touchdowns on eight of their first nine possessions on the way to a 66-13 Class 2A, Region 7 win over host Collinsville Friday night at Cagle Civitan Field.

The 66 points were the second-most single-game point total in Pisgah football history, second only to a 70-point outing against North Sand Mountain in 1967, according to the Alabama High School Football Historical Society (

Pisgah (3-0, 2-0) scored a combined 92 points in the first halves of wins over Lexington and Sand Rock, and it kept its first-half onslaught going Friday night by building a 46-13 halftime lead.

Pisgah’s offense finished with 630 total yards, 261 rushing and 369 passing. Senior quarterback Mason Holcomb was 16-of-18 passing for 313 yards and four touchdowns in a little over two quarters of work, while Jakob Kirby had eight receptions for 152 yards and Luke Gilbert hauled in five receptions for 127 yards.

Collinsville (2-1, 1-1) had allowed only six points through two games, but the Panthers fell behind to Pisgah 16-0 less than four minutes in after touchdown runs of 3 and 31 yards and two-point conversions from McCrary, who ran for 164 yards and 12 carries.

Quintavious Rogers’ 48-yard run led to his 5-yard touchdown run that pulled Collinsville within 13-7 with 6:52 left in the opening quarter, but Pisgah answered with Holcomb’s 39-yard touchdown pass to Kirby to up the lead to 22-7 after one quarter.

Holcomb then threw touchdowns passes of 27 yards to Kirby and 64 yards to Gilbert, and he and Gilbert each ran for a two-point conversion to stake Pisgah to a 38-7 lead with 5:07 left in the second quarter.

Collinsville’s briefly cut the Eagles’ lead to 38-13 on Mason McAteer’s 50-yard touchdown pass, but Pisgah quickly marched 56 yards to score with 26 seconds left in the half on Holcomb’s 15-yard touchdown pass to McCrary and his two-point conversion pass to Jett Jeffery.

The Eagles opened the third quarter with a 50-yard touchdown run from McCrary — their first second-half points of the season — and added two more touchdowns on runs of 1 and 21 yards from freshman Brodie McBride to cap the scoring.

Collinsville finished with 274 total yards, with McAteer completing 12-of-27 passes for 153 yards and Rogers rushing for 105 yards on nine carries. He also had 4 receptions for 35 yards.

Collinsville travels to Sand Rock on Friday while Pisgah hosts Ider.

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