Perry Central to visit Collins in Region 8-2A clash

Perry Central to visit Collins in Region 8-2A clash
Source: WDAM

COLLINS, MS (WDAM) - Perry Central High School hasn't missed a beat on the football field all season.

Collins High School hasn't lost a football game since August.

Friday night, something will have to give.

The co-leaders in Region 8-2A square off starting at 7 p.m. in Collins, with the winner holding the inside track to claim the title of the five-team region.

"I don't know the playoff scenarios or how that all works, I really don't," Perry Central coach Chip Bilderback said. "All I know is that our guys want to win and our coaches want to win and we're doing everything we can to win."

The Bulldogs (8-0, 2-0 Region 8-2A) have done nothing but win, including collecting regions wins over Richton High School (63-6) and St. Patrick High School (40-7) sandwiched around an open date.

The closest an opponent has played Perry Central has been 10 points, a 20-10 decision over Resurrection Catholic High School in the season opener.

"Those guys, especially on defense, they're real good," Collins coach Eric Booth said. "They're big, big in front, defensively, and big on the offensive line, too. They run the ball real well."

Collins (7-2, 2-0) dropped its first two games by a total of five points, and has been in only one close game since. The Tigers have consecutive region wins over North Forrest High School (35-20) and Richton (41-0).

"We know this is a big one," Bilderback said. "This one's huge, just like last week was and every time you win one of those district games, the next one gets a little bit bigger.

"Collins is a great team, and they've gotten solid every single, week."

The Bulldogs have relied on the production of senior quarterback Tijuane Bolton and senior running back Mckail Sumrall all season with junior running back Derrick Hartfield also stepping up.

Perry Central has allowed 10 points or more just twice, allowing a season-high 13 points against Vancleave High School.

Collins has gotten big plays in all three phases, including playmaker like senior Tavarian McCullum and junior Markel McLaurin, sophomore running back Antonio Spencer and sophomore quarterback Hershey McLaurin.

Booth said he hasn't had a hard team keeping the Tigers focused despite their extended success.

"All I've had to say is, 'Look at last year,' when we were 2-9," Booth said. "But know, we've been here two years. We played a lot of young kids last year, but they learned, and now here we are."