By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton County Cougar Football season finally kicked off Friday evening after a six-week delay due to COVID-19. The Cougars missed non-conference games against Wade Hampton High School, Ashley Ridge, Cane Bay, Lakewood High School, and Crestwood High School. Additionally, the scheduled Blue and White intersquad scrimmage scheduled for September 24 was canceled due to poor field conditions following several days of rain.
With a large crowd on hand in Cougar Stadium on Friday evening and the coaching debut of new Cougar head coach Kris Howell, the Cougars held strong in the first half and entered halftime with a 24-6 lead over Region VII-AAAA opponent Bluffton High School.
The Cougar defense would allow the Bobcats to score 22 points in the third quarter and 27 points in the fourth quarter to record a 55-30 loss in the season opener.
Colleton County recorded 305 total offensive yards, including 56 passing and 249 rushing, to Bluffton’s 493 total yards. Bluffton had eight penalties for 46 yards and the Cougars had three penalties for 15 yards. Cougar quarterback Jackie White (Sr) was 4-8 in passing for 56 yards, with a touchdown and one interception. He rushed 25 times for 150 yards and one touchdown.
Treveion Magwood rushed 23 times for 83 yards and scored two touchdowns. Romayne Aiken rushed twice for 10 yards and Josh McClendon rushed once for 6 yards.
Colleton County (0-1) is scheduled to travel to Hilton Head High School (1-4, 0-1) on Friday, October 8.