On a night of big plays and a lot of scoring, it was the speed of Kameron Sloan and Jayden Nabors that pushed Collinsville past Triad in non-conference high school football Friday.
Sloan and Nabors each scored a pair of touchdowns to help Collinsville race to a 46-27 victory over the Knights on their home turf.
Triad (0-2) took the early lead as Devin Towns scored on a 13-yard dash around left end with 8:30 left in the first quarter.
Collinsville (1-1) responded in its next series as junior quarterback Chris Chi connected with Sloan, a junior, on a 45-yard touchdown pass. Gabe Miller ran in the 2-point conversion and the Kahoks were ahead 8-7.
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A 24-yard slant pass from Chi to Damon Clark expanded the Kahoks’ lead with 10:01 left in the second quarter.
Triad sophomore fullback Sam Yager bounced off eight tackle and rolled 40 yards for a touchdown, cutting the lead to 14-13 with 3:06 left in the half.
Late in the third quarter, Collinsville used the big play to strike again as Sloan took a first down carry, went to the right and then wound his way across the field to his left and scored on a dazzling 60-yard touchdown run.
In the closing moments of the third quarter, the Knights answered as Amaziah Lusk broke off a 52-yard touchdown run to cut the gap to 26-20 with 1:37 to go in the quarter.
Sloan and sophomore running back Nabors went to work on the Triad defense in the fourth quarter. Nabors scored on a 5-yard touchdown run with 8:28 left to play, then Sloan ripped off a 92-yard touchdown run with 5:04 left to go.
Triad managed one more score as Towns hauled in a 55-yard touchdown pass from Jayce Barfield to bring the Knights closer at 37-28 with 4:51 left.
Nabors made sure the Knights comeback was brief, as he erupted for a 45-yard touchdown run making it 44-27 with 2:48 left to play. The Kahoks tacked on the two-point conversion to finish out the scoring.
Collinsville will return home next Friday at 7 p.m. to host Alton in a Southwestern Conference game.
Triad will be back at home to host Mount Vernon on Friday at 7 p.m. in a nonconference game.