By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton County varsity football team defeated Hilton Head 34-13 on Friday Nov. 6 in the final home game of the season. The Cougars improved to 3-3 overall and finished 2-3 in in Region VII-AAAA. Colleton County will travel to Cane Bay Friday Nov. 13 for their final contest of the season.
Against the Seahawks, the Cougars rushed for 337 yards and five touchdowns and passed for 34 yards. Colleton County led 12-0 at the end of the first quarter and 20-0 by the end of the first half. Hilton Head scored on the opening play of the third quarter and the Cougars answered with 3:41 left in the third to lead 27-7.
Quarterback Nayrone Holmes was 4-7 in passing for 34 yards and rushed 18 times for 175 yards and three touchdowns. Trey Magwood rushed 24 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Montana Blue rushed six times for 33 yards and Jackie White had two carries for 11 yards.
Chris Hiers had six solo tackles and five assists to lead the Cougar defense. Daryl Green, Josh McClendon, and Lamontre Green each had five tackles.
“Tonight’s win was a great effort on the part of our kids and staff,” said Coach Coby Peeler. “Our coordinators had a great plan on both sides of the ball, and the kids really bought in and put it into action. The defense played incredibly well all night. Anytime you can hold an offensive team like Hilton Head to 200 yards total offense, and their only offensive score comes with 11 seconds to play, you’ve done a great job.
“Offensively, I thought we controlled the line of scrimmage all night and were just more physical than they were,” said Peeler. “That’s a credit to our offensive line and halfbacks because Hilton Head had been physically dominant against the teams we saw on film. Explosive plays from Nayrone, and tough running from Trey Magwood, behind that physical line play, made all the difference. Our kids are excited to go to Cane Bay this week. If what I am told is true, they have a chance to finish with a higher win percentage than any team here since 2006. So even though they are disappointed at not making the playoffs, there is still a lot to play for.”