Cougars fall to Patriots
by Cindy Crosby | August 28, 2016 12:57 pm
Ft. Dorchester 67,
Colleton County 3
The first six minutes of Friday night’s home football game between Colleton County and Fort Dorchester would not tell the story of what was to come in the eventual 67-3 loss for the Cougars.
Colleton County came out strong and looked confident against the defending SCHSL 4A State Champions. The Cougars threatened first when Legrier Bodison forced a Patriot fumble which was recovered by Cougar sophomore, Bruce Benjamin. Two plays later, Cougar quarterback, Craig Grant connected with Javon Williams for a Colleton County first down. The Cougars would, however, only manage to convert the fumble into a 29-yard field goal by Riley Downey.
Fort Dorchester’s defense would not allow the Cougars in the end zone again in the game. The Patriots, led by their highly rated junior quarterback, Dakereon Joyner, would score five times in the first half to overtake the Cougars 34-3 heading into halftime.
The Cougar defense never gave up against the top-ranked Patriot offense, but could not stop them from adding an additional 33 points in the second half of the ballgame. Colleton County’s special teams would be the shiny side of the coin in Friday’s game, managing several solid kick returns.
Looming heavily for the Cougars will be the status of starting quarterback, Craig Grant, who was injured in the second half of Friday evening’s game. As of press time, no further information was available in regard to his status or several other injured players who could be a question mark this week.
Colleton County (0-2) will prepare to host 5-A Ashley Ridge (0-2) this Friday, September 2 in hopes of earning their first win of the season. The Swamp Foxes were defeated 40-6 by fifth ranked, 5-A Boiling Springs this past Friday.
Look for more details about Friday night’s loss against Fort Dorchester and a look-ahead to Ashley Ridge in this week’s Press and Standard.