WAYNESBORO, Tenn. — Collinwood continued its playoff push Friday, beating rival Wayne County 21-14 thanks to two second half touchdown passes by Logan Montgomery.
Fresh off a win against Loretto last week, the Trojans (6-2, 4-1) held on after the Wildcats (2-6, 1-4) scored late to put the game in doubt.
Montgomery was 8-of-13 passing for 90 yards, two TDs and an interception to lead the Trojans, who also got 68 yards on the ground from Ben Regan.
Collinwood opened the scoring early in the first quarter. The Trojans took the opening kickoff and took a quick 7-0 lead on a 5-yard TD run by Montgomery just 90 seconds into the game.
Wayne County answered with 5:16 to play in the half on an 8-yard TD run by Carson Kelly. Miguel Garcia’s extra point tied the score at 7 at halftime.
Collinwood would finally get on the board again with 14 seconds to play in the third quarter, breaking through a stingy Wildcats defense. Montgomery hit Peyton Risner on a 15-yard TD pass. The extra point attempt was no good, and the Trojans clung to a 13-7 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Wayne County received the ball following the score, but lost a fumble on the second play of the drive, with Collinwood’s Jodee Ray coming up with the loose ball at the Wildcat 24. Despite the short field, the Trojans struggled to punch it in, but on a fourth-and-10 play, Montgomery found Zach Reeves for a 15-yard TD pass. Montgomery punched in the 2-point conversion, and Collinwood had its largest lead, 21-7, with 9:18 to play.
Wayne County did not go quietly though. The Wildcats mounted a drive that ate more than 6 minutes off the clock, capped on a 10-yard touchdown run by Brandon Lowe. Garcia’s extra point cut the Trojans’ lead to 21-14 with 2:25 to play.
Wayne County’s onside kick attempt failed, and Collinwood was able to burn the clock and seal a huge region win.
Jacob Bevis rushed 15 times for 66 yards to lead the Wildcats.
Collinwood hosts Cornersville next week, while Wayne County is home against Richland.