Craig Grant breaks 1000 yards in passing for CCHS | Sports | The Press and Standard

by | October 4, 2017 5:00 pm

Last Updated: October 4, 2017 at 9:43 am

By CINDY CROSBY
cindyc4@yahoo.com

In Friday’s Region 8-AAAA opener, Colleton County allowed Cane Bay to score two touchdowns in the second half to fall 24-17 to the Cobras. The loss dropped the Cougars to 2-4 on the season and 0-1 in region play.
Colleton County scored first on Friday evening on a 34-yard pass from Craig Grant to De’iajae Ferguson (Pryor, kick) with 9:15 on the clock in the first quarter. Cane Bay answered with a 39-yard field goal with 5:26 remaining in the quarter.
In second quarter action, Campbell Pryor kicked a 28-yard field goal to give Colleton County a 10-3 lead with 3:17 on the clock. Cane Bay tied the game late in the second quarter on an 11-yard run. Grant then connected with Ferguson for their second combo of the night to put the Cougars on top 17-10 at the end of the first half.
Cane Bay scored on a 2-yard run to tie the game at 17-17 with 5:03 remaining in the third quarter, then scored on a 7-yard run, with 1:10 remaining in the game, to go ahead 24-17.
Craig Grant was 11-16 against the Cobras with 161 yards in passing, including two touchdowns. He rushed 17 times for 80 yards. Grant broke 1,000 yards in passing Friday evening and now has 70 completions on the season.
De’iajae Ferguson had 85 yards receiving, scoring two touchdowns for the Cougars. Nick Wilkey had eight carries for 22 yards of offense.
Campbell Pryor was 2-2 on point-after attempts and had a 27-yard field goal. Lance Calcutt had five punts for 222 yards, including a 57-yarder, and averaged 44.4 yards. He had three kickoffs for 134 yards.
“Our coaches set the standard very high for us this week,” said Jameson Butler, Cougar linebacker. “So, we were coming out to play big, physical and fast. We got the job done the first, second and third quarter, but had a hard time finishing. That is what it boiled down to — not finishing.”
Regarding the penalties accumulated by Colleton County, Butler said the Cougars would be working hard to correct their mistakes in practice Monday. “Discipline,” said Butler. “We did our jobs, but discipline was a big thing tonight. I’m sure we’re going to work hard on that this week. We are going to forget the past, play team-by-team, and focus on the upcoming games.”
“The guys worked hard all week,” said Coach Coby Peeler. “I thought we had really good effort in the first half, but we sort of wore down a little bit and they were able to come back and get some momentum — just too many mistakes on our part.”
Peeler also addressed the number of penalties the Cougars incurred against Cane Bay. “Well, it was big,” he said. “You get a stop and we should be off the field, but we get a penalty that allows them to continue to drive — and they end up scoring and we shoot ourselves in the foot. We also had a couple of errors offensively and we had something open, but just couldn’t hit it and make a play when we needed to.
“Cane Bay is an exceptional team,” he said. “My hats off to them, they played hard and physical. Our guys hung in there and I thought their effort was great. Defensively, I thought this was probably our best game overall.”
The JV Cougars fell 33-14 to the Cobras Thursday evening.
Colleton County will host region opponent Beaufort (6-0, 2-0 region) for homecoming Friday evening. In addition, the 1997 Walterboro High School Bulldogs State Championship Football team will be honored during halftime of the game.

 

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