Cougars get first win | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | September 14, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: September 13, 2017 at 10:45 am
By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton County Cougars defeated Lakewood High School 30-22 Thursday evening for their first victory of the season and their first win under Coach Coby Peeler. Originally scheduled to be played Friday, the game was moved up a day due to the potential threat of Hurricane Irma.
In a game marked by turnovers and penalties, the Cougars never gave up and pressed until the clock expired. Colleton County played a balanced game with 363 all-purpose yards in the game — including 197 yards passing and 166 rushing.
Senior quarterback Craig Grant was 11-for-18 on the night, passing for 197 yards and rushing for 117 yards. Jovan Williams had three receptions for 57 yards and De’iajae Ferguson had five receptions for 54 yards. Jahmari Johnson rushed for 32 yards and Nick Wilkey rushed four times for 14 yards, including the final touchdown of the evening.
Lakewood went on the board first Friday evening with 7:53 remaining in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Jaden Koger recovered a Lakewood fumble, giving the Cougars good field position. Grant then connected with Jovan Williams to put Colleton County in the red zone, but they quickly found themselves facing a fourth down situation. Campbell Pryor kicked a 27-yard field goal to leave the Cougars trailing 7-3 with 6:36 left in the second quarter.
In third quarter action, Grant had a 37-yard touchdown run to take a 9-7 lead with 9:59 on the clock. Lakewood answered with their own touchdown to go ahead 14-9 with 4:49 left in the quarter. The Cougars showed their no-quit determination two minutes later, when Grant connected with Tristian Nieves for long yardage, then scored on a keeper. The Cougars opted to go for a two-point conversion, which Grant successfully ran into the end zone to put Colleton County in the lead 17-14.
Jameson Butler intercepted a Lakewood pass early in the fourth quarter to give Colleton County good field position. However, a pass by Grant was intercepted, giving it right back to the Gators. Following a questionable call at the goal line, Lakewood scored to take a 22-17 lead.
“Coach Bowers told me slants cause touchdowns,” said Jameson Butler. “When I called in on the slants, Jayden Koger, our safety, came down and laid a hit on the receiver with the ball, which caused the ball to go up. It was another opportunity to change the game and give our offense the chance to score.”
The Cougars were resilient, scoring with 4:33 on the clock in the fourth quarter to take a one-point lead, 23-22, before Grant connected with Nick Wilkey on a 29-yard touchdown pass (Pryor, kick) to seal the win for Colleton County.
Following the game, Coach Coby Peeler was thrilled to get his first win in the books at Colleton County High School. “It feels wonderful,” said Peeler. “These guys have been putting in a lot of work and we kept telling them to put in the work every day and eventually you’ll see the fruits of your labor. God blessed us tonight and we were able to pull out a win.”
“We went in and talked to the team at halftime,” he said. “We felt like we were just giving them too much and making too many mistakes. They came out in the second half with a better attitude and really fought back. We got down, then came back, and it seemed like every time they had an answer, we had one for them. I was very proud of them for that.”