Report courtesy of the Fort Payne Times-Journal
SYLVANIA – Sylvania senior quarterback Brody Smith tossed three touchdown passes in leading the Rams to a 35-7 Class 3A, Region 7 football win over Collinsville on Friday.
Two of Smith’s touchdown passes went to Sawyer Hughes. The other went to Styles Hughes. Sylvania scored on all five first-half possessions en route to a 35-0 halftime advantage.
“We are just so young, and we have still got a lot of work to do,” Collinsville coach Ernie Willingham said. “I still thought that we played hard, and we did not let them score in the second half.”
Smith found Sawyer Hughes on the left side for a 22-yard scoring connection early in the first period, giving the Rams a 7-0 lead. With 8:11 remaining in the first quarter, Smith hit Sawyer Hughes again on the left side. Hughes sprinted 66 yards down the sideline for a 14-0 lead.
The Rams converted a third-and-6 play from the Collinsville 40-yard line when Styles Hughes took a handoff up the middle. Smith hooked up with Zack Anderson for a 27-yard gain on the ensuing play, and Preston Bates took a sweeping handoff to the right side for an 8-yard pickup to the Collinsville 5.
Styles Hughes capped the drive by taking a handoff ahead for the score with 1:22 to play in the opening period.
Anderson intercepted a pass and led to Sylvania’s fourth score.
Bates rushed left for a 17-yard gain, before Smith rolled left out of the pocket and found Styles Hughes for a 7-yard touchdown, giving the Rams a 28-0 lead with 8:36 left in the half.
Collinsville’s Keaton DeBoard kept a handoff on a fourth-and-1 play during a series midway through the second quarter, stretching for a first down to the Panthers’ 33.
But Sylvania’s defense put Collinsville in a third-and-long situation and led to another punt with 5:13 to play until intermission.
Sawyer Hughes wrapped the first-half scoring with a 56-yard scoring run along the right side.
Colton Wills punched in the Panthers’ first points on a 19-yard scoring run with 3:38 remaining in the third quarter, pulling Collinsville within the 35-7 final tally.
The Rams improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in region play. Collinsville fell to 2-3 and 1-2 in region competition.
Sylvania has a bye week before returning to action Oct. 1, hosting region foe Asbury.
Collinsville hosts Sand Rock in a non-region contest at 7 p.m. next Friday.