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Colleton County football improved but looking for more

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Walterboro – First-year Colleton County head football coach Coby Peeler has seen some good and some bad in his team’s first six games of the 2017 season. Now, the coach is looking for a little consistency.

Colleton County went 2-4 in the first six outings but had opportunities for more success. The coach says his team continues to develop and likes the direction they are headed.

“We feel like we’re competitive with anybody we play,” Peeler says. “We have to continue to grow and mature so that we can finish and win these close games. Consistency is the biggest issue right now. I do feel we are getting better each week but I want to see us be more consistent on both sides of the ball.”

Colleton County has early victories over Ridgeland-Hardeeville (48-12) and Lakewood (30-22). The early losses came to Fort Dorchester (55-21), Ashley Ridge (28-17), West Ashley (34-14) and Cane Bay (24-17).

The loss to Cane Bay came in the region 8-AAAA opener in a game the Cougars led, 17-10, at halftime but could not finish. The Cougars have four region games remaining with Beaufort, Hilton Head, Berkeley and Stall and hold out hopes of earning a spot in the Class AAAA lower state playoffs. Two wins in the final four games would secure that possibility.

Senior quarterback Craig Grant has been pretty solid through the first six weeks of the season. Grant has passed for right at 1,000 yards while rushing for about 300 yards. One of his better outings of the season came in the win over Lakewood where the 6-3, 220-pounder completed 12 of 19 passes for 200 yards and added 117 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

He threw for 258 yards in the loss to Fort Dorchester and had 241 total yards (161 passing, 80 rushing) in the loss to Cane Bay.

Nick Wilkey and Tyrese Pressey also have contributed in the running game this season. De’iajae Ferguson has been the top receiver with more than 300 yards, but Trakell Murray, Javon Williams, Jeremiah Mosley and Tristian Nieves have been solid pass catchers as well.

The defense continues to be a work in progress but has shown steady improvement. One of the defensive highlights of the season was a three interception performance by Devin Kinsey in the win over Ridgeland-Hardeeville.

Peeler felt his team played their best defensive game against Cane Bay. Jameson Butler and Jalen Lawton were cited for their play in that game. The coach also praised the effort this season of placekicker Lance Calcutt.

Colleton County’s girls’ tennis team also is working hard for a spot in the state playoffs later this month. The Cougars have won several region matches and likely have secured the playoff but hope to contend for the region title as well. Berkeley and Hilton Head also field strong teams in the region this season.

Anni Crook is playing number one singles this season and is an all-region candidate. Cami Crook is playing number two singles while Alicia Roberson is working at the number three singles position.

 Daryn Hooker competes at number four and Taylor Virden and Madison Strickland have shared time at number five singles this fall.

Megan Dewitt and Matilyn Griffin form the number two doubles team.

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