Cougar Football puts it to the test! | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | July 28, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: July 27, 2016 at 3:49 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton County High School Cougar football team put its hard work over the summer to the test Thursday July 21 during a competition in which they showcased their endurance, physical strength, overall fitness and mental toughness. Throughout the summer, the Cougars have worked Monday-Thursday, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., in the weight room and on the practice field, where they focused on improving agility, speed and strength.
The “Cougar Test” put 13 four-man teams through an average of 28 minutes of non-stop competition. The test consisted of 30 individual repetitions in battle ropes, 100 team reps of 135-pound power cleans, 20 tractor tire flips, 53-yards per player of weighted sled push, 100-yards of passenger tire throws, 200 team sandpit bag jumps and a 300-yard shuttle-relay.
The culminating challenge for each team was “the gauntlet,” a sprint around the perimeter of the three practice fields with a 45-pound kettlebell and a 50-pound bag. “The gauntlet is where teamwork plays a vital role,” explained Coach Ryan McDonnell. “Overall, the entire test defines true determination and it is where you see leadership skills begin to emerge.”
Offensive Coordinator Shane Fidler believes the Cougar Test is as important to the players as it is to the coaches. “This was to showcase our hard work during the summer, not only for the coaches to see, but for the players to show-off for each other.”
Following the competition, the Cougars were treated to a team cookout with the top two teams getting a steak dinner, in addition to earning bragging rights. “It was a good morning where the coaching staff was able to see the results of the players’ hard work over the summer,” said Cougar Head Coach Chris Collins. “This day is really about building leadership and learning how important it is to pick the people you surround yourself with. They enjoyed the cookout and it was a great way to acknowledge their hard work over the summer.”
Finishing at 23:48 minutes was Jaden Koger’s team completed by Marc Bright, Chris Murray and Shane Aiken. “I thought my team out strategically,” said Koger. “Shane and Chris were the muscle, while Marc and myself were mostly the speed. Everyone worked really hard.”
Craig Grant’s team, comprised of Lester Robertson, Cory Smalls and Legrier Bodison, completed the competition at 25:25 minutes. “I think my team did a great job today,” said Grant. “They worked hard over the summer and pushed to get where we are now. I tried to pick a balanced team so we had speed, strength and the mentality to finish strong.”
The Cougars have three scrimmages planned, including a 10 a.m. match-up against Stratford on Aug. 5 at home. They will face South Pointe (away) on Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. and Wando will come to town on Aug. 12 at 6 p.m.
Cougar Athletics will see a ticket price increase this year with all sports increasing by $1. CCHS students can buy a season sports pass for $60. Passes are being offered to all Cougar fans for $100, which covers all sporting events throughout the year, except playoffs. For more information, contact the CCHS Athletic Office at 843-782-0035.