Cougars keep Stags on the ropes early | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | October 26, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: October 26, 2016 at 12:25 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
Photos by JIM KILLIAN
Colleton County put up a good fight early on against the No. 12 team in the state in SCHSL AAAA football Friday evening. The Berkeley Stags proved to be too much for the Cougars in the end, winning 40-26 in the televised TruMoo Friday Night Rivals Game of the Week.
Berkeley scored first on Friday night on a 71-yard run to go up 7-0, with 6:18 remaining in the quarter. Nyeem Green intercepted a Stag pass and ran into the end zone for a Cougar touchdown with 4:01 remaining in the first quarter. Following a failed two-point conversion attempt, Colleton County trailed 7-6.
In second quarter action, the Cougars took the lead for the only time in the game following a 49-yard pass from Craig Grant to Dexter Lynah (Riley Downey, kick) to put Colleton County ahead 13-7. Berkeley scored four times in the second quarter on a 29-yard pass, 7-yard pass, a safety and a 36-yard run to lead 26-13 at the half.
Following a scoreless third, Eric Farmer ran in a 3-yard touchdown (kick failed) to put the Cougars in reach, 26-19, with 11:56 remaining in the game. Berkeley answered with a 23-yard run of its own to make it 33-19 with 8:19 on the clock. With just under six minutes remaining in the game, Craig Grant made it a 33-26 ballgame following a touchdown on a 1-yard keeper (Downey, kick). The Stags put the game away, 40-26, on a 20-yard run with just over two minutes left in the game.
Colleton County had 442 total yards in the contest, rushing for 229 and with 213 yards passing. Berkeley had 427 total yards on the night. The Cougars had one turnover, a single interception thrown and earned three penalties in the game.
Quarterback Craig Grant completed 18-34 passing for 213 yards and one touchdown, with the longest pass being a 49-yard completion. He also rushed eight times for 25 yards.
Eric Farmer led the Cougars on the ground, rushing 21 times for 173 yards. Tyrese Pressey had eight carries for 11 yards. Jovan Williams had eight receptions for 104 yards, including a 30-yard catch. Dexter Lynah scored a touchdown and had three receptions for 53 receiving yards.
On defense for the Cougars, Jalen Lawton had six tackles and two assists including a sack and a tackle for loss against the Stags. Latrell Jenkins had five tackles and two assists.
Interim coach Neil Smith was pleased and proud to see the Cougars play closely against the top-ranked Stags. “All of our boys played tough,” said Smith. “Offensively, we moved the ball really well. Defensively, we consistently stopped them. Big plays were an issue for us, however.
“Jovan played well on both sides of the ball at wide receiver and defensive back,” said Smith. “Nyeem Green was instrumental with a pick-six in the first quarter. Eric Farmer and Craig Grant played excellent on offense.”
The Cougars are now 2-5 overall and are 0-2 in Region 8-AAAA. They will travel to Stall (3-5, 0-3) this Friday Oct. 28 and will be looking for their first region win. “We are looking forward to carrying this momentum into next week against Stall,” said Smith.