Cougars drop opener, play Ft. Dorchester Friday | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | August 25, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: August 24, 2016 at 1:43 pm
West Ashley 46,
Colleton County 14
By CINDY CROSBY
Photo by JIM KILLIAN
The Colleton County Cougars traveled to Charleston Friday evening for the season opener against non-region 5A opponent West Ashley.
The Cougars struggled to find an answer for the Wildcats’ running game and allowed West Ashley to score in its first three possessions. Colleton County had three scoring opportunities fizzle in a game where 10 starters had no previous varsity experience.
In first quarter action, West Ashley scored on its first three possessions with a 55-yard rushing touchdown and again on a 27-yard run. They scored for the third time on a 5-yard pass, but missed the extra point to end the first quarter up 20-0 over Colleton County.
With 7:13 left in the first half, Skye Brown recovered a West Ashley fumble which turned into the Cougars’ first score of the evening. Craig Grant connected with Devon Farmer for a gain, then completed a 3-yard pass to Jovan Williams (Riley Downey, kick) for a touchdown, making it 20-7 with 6:39 remaining in the half. West Ashley answered with a 3-yard run (two-point conversion failed) to make it 26-7 at the half.
West Ashley kicked off to Colleton County in the second half and wasted no time, scoring on a pick with 11:12 left in the quarter. They jumped out front 40-7, following an 18-yard run with 2:39 left in the third.
Craig Grant connected with De’Angelo Williams and Devon Farmer on back-to-back passes before handing off to Corey Smalls for a 27-yard rushing touchdown (Downey, kick) to make it 40-14 at the end of third quarter action.
The Wildcats scored again with 6:11 remaining in the game for a final score of 46-14.
The Wildcats held the Cougar offense to 23 rushing yards in 16 carries. Craig Grant completed 12 of 29 passes for 175 total yards to West Ashley’s 409 total yards.
The Cougars (0-1) will host powerhouse, Fort Dorchester (1-0), the reigning 4A State Champions, on Friday evening with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff planned. Fort Dorchester is currently ranked fourth in the state and third in Class 5A behind No. 1 Northwestern and No. 2 Westside.