Of all the great running backs who have competed in high school football over the years in Georgia, none have had a single game better than Devyn Collins.
As reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Collins, a Pepperell junior who stands just 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds, set a new single game individual rushing state record when he gained 485 yards in a regional matchup against Rockmart. The powerful and speedy back scored all five of his team’s touchdowns, toting the ball a whopping 46 times in a tough, 34-32 Peperell loss.
The Journal-Constitution’s records hold that Peperrell is actually the 13th different Peach State star to surpass 400 yards in a single game. He broke the existing single game mark by 9 yards, but his heroics still came second to a solid night from Rockmart’s two headed monster at the running back position; Jermonte Williams had 233 yards and four touchdowns in the win while teammate J.C. Lovelace also rushed for more than 100 yards.
Even though he lost, the night clearly belonged to Collins, who etched his name in state lore alongside the likes of Herschel Walker with a rushing night for the ages.