Collins' quarterback Detric Hawthorn could not have come up with a better time to have a big game than Friday against two time defending 2A state champion Bassfield. The junior did just that.
Hawthorn threw for 191 yards and accounted for four touchdowns in the Tigers 40-34 win. "It feels great that coach (Earnest) believes in me that I can throw the ball and put it where it needs to be," Hawthorn said Monday.
Collins entered the game 1-2 on the year, but the Tigers two losses came against 2A power Taylorsville and 6A foe Harrison Central. Third-year head coach Ryan Earnest said Hawthorn's progression this season is due to his work off the football field. " He's already a tremendous athlete. But he's done a really good job with the mental aspect of the game and his preparation has been great."
With the big win against a non-district powerhouse, Hawthorn says he is confident the Tigers can compete at the state's highest level. "I think we can go to the top. I think we can go to Starkville, win the championship.'
Hawthorn and the 2-2 Collins Tigers face Lawrence County on Friday night at home.