Cougars come out flat, rebound for decisive win over Jaguars | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | September 20, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: September 20, 2017 at 12:44 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
Colleton County’s varsity football team improved to 2-3 overall following a decisive 48-12 win over Hardeeville-Ridgeland Friday night on the road.
The Cougars came out flat, allowing the Jaguars to score first. A wake-up call for Colleton County was dialed in during the second quarter and the Cougars went on to hold Hardeeville-Ridgeland to just six points in the fourth quarter.
Craig Grant completed 8-of-16 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns, rushed 13 times for 54 yards and scored once on the ground. Nick Wilkey had 11 carries for 62 yards and Tyrese Pressey had six carries for 42 yards.
De’iajae Ferguson had five receptions for 57 yards and Jovan Williams had one reception for 42 yards.
Devin Kinsey had three interceptions on defense, and Joseph Davenport had a fumble recovery.
Lance Calcutt had seven kickoffs for 313 yards, including a 54-yard kick. He also had a 39-yard kickoff return. “Lance is one of our better athletes,” said Coach Coby Peeler, “which most people don’t expect with a kicker. He gets loose sometimes and is actually a danger to score. He got loose on the sidelines and it was a big play for us.”
Campbell Pryor was 6-for-6 on the evening in point-after attempts but missed a 37-yard field goal.
Trailing 6-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Cougars scored three times before the half including a 3-yard keeper by Craig Grant (Pryor, kick), a Grant-to-Trakell Murray 15-yard pass (Pryor, kick) and a 17-yard run by Nick Wilkey (Pryor, kick).
Leading 21-6 at the half, Colleton County added three touchdowns in the third quarter to stretch the lead to 42-6 and put the game well out of reach. Murray added his second TD of the night on a 13-yard pass from Grant (Pryor, kick) and Wilkey followed suit on a 4-yard run (Pryor, kick). Tyrese Pressey claimed the final points for Colleton County on a 2-yard run (Pryor, kick).
Colleton County had eight penalties in the game for 47 yards.
“We were a little sluggish,” said Peeler. “The weather kind of inhibited us from practicing this week, but we shook off the rust pretty early and got it going. I thought this was probably the best the offense has looked all year and we were able get a lot of people involved. We were able to run the ball, which opened up the passing game somewhat, which was good to see.”
The Cougar defense was able to turn the momentum several times in the game when they came away with interceptions and recovered Jaguar fumbles.
“Any time you can turn the ball over, you can get a momentum shift,” said Peeler. “Devin Kinsey had three picks tonight, so big night for him.”
The Cougars will have the week off, before heading into region competition against Cane Bay High School (3-1), at home Friday Sept. 29 on Youth and Student Night.
“We are going to get some time to get healed up,” said Peeler. “We’ve had some guys banged up a little, and we’ve got a few bumps and bruises we’ll take care of, so we’ll start to look toward to our region schedule.”