Cougars off to 0-3 start after loss to Swamp Foxes | Sports | The Press and Standard

by | September 6, 2017 5:00 pm

Last Updated: September 6, 2017 at 11:48 am

By CINDY CROSBY
cindyc4@yahoo.com

The Colleton County Cougars fell to 0-3 following a 28-17 loss to the Ashley Ridge Swamp Foxes (2-1) Friday evening on the road. Despite leading 10-7 heading into halftime, the Cougars could not hold on to the lead in the second half, allowing Ashley Ridge’s Nick Cunningham to rush for three touchdowns in the third quarter.
Craig Grant completed 13 of 22 passes for 158 yards and rushed for 30 yards. Tristian Nieves had 166 all-purpose yards and De’iajae Ferguson had eight carries for 66 rushing yards.
The Cougars trailed 7-3 with five minutes remaining in the first quarter following a 33-yard field goal from Campbell Pryor. “I was a little nervous, but I was hopeful I could put some points on the board for the team,” said Pryor following the game on Friday.
With 9:03 remaining in the first half, Craig Grant connected with Tristian Nieves on a 55-yard pass (Pryor, kick) to allow Colleton County to take a 10-7 lead.
The third quarter was all Ashley Ridge, as Cunningham scored three times on the ground (13, 21 and 6 yards) to put the Swamp Foxes on top 28-17 with 44 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Colleton County’s only touchdown in the second half came when the Swamp Foxes were backed inside the 10-yard line and fumbled a pass. With the backward pass bouncing in the end zone, Jameson Butler picked it up, scoring for the Cougars.
“I knew the play was coming,” said Butler. “Our coaches told us all week that a second-and-long would be a screen. The running back rolled out and there it was to make a play to change the game. I was there when he dropped it and when the whistle didn’t blow, I knew it was effort that would determine if I scored or not. I picked it up and was ecstatic when I saw the ref’s hands go up. I felt like I made my team and grandmother proud.”
“I thought we continued to play hard and improve — I’m proud of the effort of the players,” said Coach Coby Peeler. “We must eliminate mistakes and learn to finish. Jalen Lawton had a great game prior to being injured, and I thought Lance Calcutt did a phenomenal job punting. Tristian Nieves continued his impressive play. Overall, I felt like we were a little lack-luster overall offensively. We have talented players, but this team will only reach its potential if they learn to trust and play for each other.”
The Cougars will host Lakewood High School (2-1) for a non-region game Friday Sept. 8 on Hall of Fame night.

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