Anderson County's Charles Collins named athlete of the week

Published: Sep. 19, 2018 at 10:35 PM EDT
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Anderson County football is 5-0 after defeating rival Franklin County Friday night.

"I mean just a typical Anderson County vs. Franklin County shootout," said Anderson County head coach Mark Peach. "I'm just so proud of our guys."

The win over the Flyers wasn't an easy one.

"Going into halftime, giving up a touchdown and them coming out and them scoring," said running back Charles Collins. "Just being able to overcome that and keep playing (was good)."

The Bearcats would pull away to the 42-21 win thanks in part to a big game by Collins.

"It felt pretty good," said Collins. "We're not used to this season having to play back like that, and it was good for us."

Collins ran the rock 16 times for 207 yards and found the endzone four times.

"We're so proud of him," said Peach. "He's a great young man. He does so many things for our football team in terms of not just running the football but catching the football and returning kicks. I mean defensively he was all over the place. He's a great young man."

Collins most memorable touchdown was his last. A 60-yard score to seal the win. After the play, Collins embraced his friend and fellow running back Zach Labhart, who suffered a season-ending injury in the second game of the season. A special moment for both players.

"It was," agreed Collins. "He's a heck of a guy, and you know to see him go down like that in the second game of the season, probably your best all-around athlete, you don't get over that. You really don't. So that was special to me to be able to hug him."