Weather delays cost Cougars in first game

by | August 22, 2018 5:00 pm

Last Updated: August 22, 2018 at 9:29 am

By CINDY CROSBY
cindyc4@yahoo.com

The weather was not a friend to the Colleton County Varsity Cougar Football team over the weekend.
The Cougars managed the opening kickoff Friday evening to the Lakewood Gators before lightning halted the game seven seconds later. At 10 p.m., the decision was made to play Saturday evening in Sumter.
The Cougars led 21-19 Saturday evening when weather concerns forced an hour delay, after which Colleton County seemed to lose momentum, losing 35-19 to Lakewood.
Colleton County came out hungry, jumping out to an early 13-0 lead thanks to touchdowns by Shykem Chisolm (Lance Calcutt, kick) and Trakell Murray. With 1:42 left in the first quarter, Lakewood scored to make it 13-7.
The Gators went ahead 14-13, with 5:30 remaining in the second quarter, after the Cougars gave up a 20-yard pass on a fourth-and-19. The Cougars had scoring opportunities late in the first half, but failed to capitalize.
In third quarter action, Colleton County’s Chisolm scored on a 40-yard touchdown on a reverse play, but the extra point attempt was delayed for nearly an hour by threatening weather.
The Cougars attempted a two-point conversion when the game was restarted but couldn’t find the end zone. A penalty on the kickoff forced Colleton County to re-kick and the Gators took advantage with a long return and later scored on a QB keeper to give them a 21-19 advantage with 7:08 remaining in the third.
Lakewood scored twice in the fourth quarter to give the Cougars a loss in the season opener.
The Cougars rushed 40 times for 189 yards and scored three touchdowns on the ground. They were 1-8 in passing for 5 yards. Shykem Chisolm accumulated 109 yards on 10 carries and scored twice in the game. Trakell Murray carried 10 times for 32 yards and scored once. Jalen Levine had 31 yards, Ja’Carre Stevens had 5 yards and Kylee Hart added 9 yards. Edwardian Stansel had 3 yards on the ground and passed for 5 yards.
“We had opportunities in the game, but we had too many turnovers and mistakes,” said Coach Coby Peeler. “We had some momentum, but an hour lightning delay really killed it. The effort was there, but we must eliminate mistakes that shoot ourselves in the foot. We have a young team and we really need our leaders to emerge and learn how to finish.”
Colleton County will travel to White Knoll on Friday Aug. 24 for a 7:30 p.m. start against the Region 5-AAAAA Timberwolves.

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