Cougars lose in air versus ground attack | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | October 11, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: October 11, 2017 at 9:24 am
By CINDY CROSBY
Photos by JIM KILLIAN
For the second week in Region 8-AAAA competition, the Colleton County Cougars almost pulled off an upset — this one in front of a homecoming crowd and with the 1997 Walterboro Bulldog State Championship Football team looking on.
Against an undefeated Beaufort team Friday evening, the Cougars trailed 22-19 at the half, then trailed by three points at the end the third quarter. But the Eagles scored 17 points in the fourth quarter — enough to give them a 46-38 win over the Cougars.
Colleton County had 507 total yards versus Beaufort — 472 of those in the air. Beaufort had 519 yards with 429 yards of rushing.
Craig Grant was 25-41 in passing for 472 yards, throwing six touchdowns in the game — enough to best his own school record of the most touchdown passes in a game (2015, v. Stall, five).
Grant spread the ball around, hitting five different receivers for touchdowns. Jovan Williams had four receptions for 128 yards and scored twice. De’iajae Ferguson, Jeremiah Moseley, Tristian Nieves and Trakell Murray each scored once.
Jeremiah Moseley scored on a 66-yard pass from Craig Grant (kick blocked) with 6:50 left in the first quarter to leave the Cougars trailing 15-6. Jovan Williams hauled in a 66-yard pass from Grant and De’iajae Ferguson snagged a 42-yard pass (conversion failed) to put Colleton County within three points at the half.
Colleton County took the lead for the first time in the game when Grant connected with Williams on a 30-yard pass (Campbell Pryor, kick) with 7:26 remaining in the third quarter. Grant threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter on a 31-yard pass to Tristian Nieves (conversion failed) and a 7-yard pass to Trakell Murray (kick failed).
On special teams, Lance Calcutt tied a school record for the longest punt (72 yards) against Beaufort Friday night. He had five punts for 252 yards and averaged 50.4 yards on the night, including two downed inside the 20-yard line.
“I’m disappointed of course,” said Head Coach Coby Peeler. “Same story as before in terms of our effort — I believe we gave tremendous effort. We had some mistakes, but I felt like we overcame those. I am extremely proud of the way our guys fought tonight. Beaufort is a good team and they are well coached. My hat’s off to them.”
Colleton County is now 2-5 on the season and 0-2 in Region 8-AAAA. They will travel to Hilton Head (3-3, 0-2) on Friday, looking for their first region win with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.