BAY SPRINGS, MS (WDAM) - After losing the first two games of the season by a combined five points, Collins has won 12 consecutive games to advance to the class 2A South State title.
The Tigers (12-2) defeated Bay Springs 22-8 on Friday to advance to a south state matchup against Taylorsville (13-1). Collins scored twice in the fourth quarter to overcome the Bulldogs on the road.
"I feel great," said Collins head coach Eric Booth, a former USM running back. "It's my second year as the head coach. It feels good to be able to practice on Thanksgiving. I've never practiced on Thanksgiving and I've been coaching 16 years."
Collins has completely flipped the script from last year's 2-9 campaign in Booth's first season at the helm. Prior to Booth's arrival, the Tigers won back-to-back state championships in 2014 and 2015.
A win over Taylorsville on Friday would send Collins back to the state title game, a familiar position.
"We're not going to blow it out of proportion," Booth said. "We know [Taylorsville] has a good team, we got a good team. They run the spread, we run the spread. If they run the spread and we run the spread, it's going to be a long game."