By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton Prep Academy varsity football team saw their season come to an end despite a 36-34 win over Region I-A St. John’s Christian Friday Oct. 30 on the road. The War Hawks finished 3-6 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
Drew Murdaugh had 38 carries for 274 yards and scored five touchdowns. He was 5 for 6 in passing for 124 yards. Jacob Breland had 7 carries for 48 yards. Caleb Davis had 3 receptions for 101 yards.
On defense, Drew Murdaugh had 9 tackles, Noah Catterton had 7 tackles and Jeb Crews had one interception.
“Tonight was a very big win for us against a very good team,” said Coach Greg Langdale. “Our guys came out and played hard and gave it everything they had. Every player played a big role tonight.
“Last week, I thought Drew Murdaugh had one of the best performances I had seen in high school football,” said Langdale. “Tonight, he came out and made last week look like a bad game for him. Just an unbelievable performance when everybody in the stadium knew who was getting it and where it was going — and they still couldn’t stop it.
“But a lot of credit also needs to go to that young offensive line and fullback Jacob Breland who was the lead blocker on most runs,” said Langdale. “They did an outstanding job controlling the line of scrimmage tonight. I was also excited about the game Caleb Davis had at receiver. He came up with three huge receptions tonight.
“Defensively, I thought our guys did a great job of executing the game plan tonight,” said Langdale. “St. Johns is one of the most talented teams offensively in SCISA. We knew going into the game that we could not give up quick scores. We had to keep everything in front of us and make them have long possessions that would run the clock and shorten the game. Our guys were able to do this, which helped limit their possessions on offense.
“Noah Catterton had an unbelievable night on defense,” said Langdale. “The stat line will not show how dominant he was on the defensive line. He was double teamed all night and continued to put pressure on the quarterback and was able to help stop the run. Jeb Crews had a huge interception for us tonight on St. John’s first possession. That play turned out to be one of the biggest of the game.”
Next season, Colleton Prep will return all but their two seniors, Jacob Breland and Ryan McMillen.