Swamp Foxes open region play against Cougars

  • Friday, October 11, 2013

roper-photography.com Ashley Ridge quarterback Chandler Avenel seems to be hitting is stride just in time for region play.

A pair of teams looking for their third win of the season will meet in The Swamp Friday.

Ashley Ridge (2-4) opens Region 8-AAAA play by hosting Colleton County (2-4) at 7:30 p.m.

“Colleton County is much improved,” Ashley Ridge coach Kenny Walker said. “We scrimmaged them earlier in the summer so both teams are familiar with one another. They have some athletic skill players so defensively we will have to tackle well in space.”

Second-year Cougar coach Chris Collins seems to have Colleton County moving in the right direction. The Cougars were blown out by Top 10 teams Goose Creek and Stratford, but all their other games were very competitive and the Cougars have already doubled their win total from last season.

Colleton County returned seven starters on offense including quarterback Ramon Hall and running back Tyler Williams. The team only returned three starters on defense, but it has a leader up front in returning nose guard Shamar Simmons as well as an anchor for its secondary with free safety Kelson Crosby returning.

Wins haven’t come easy for either team, but both have some momentum entering this week’s game.

Colleton County is coming off a 34-20 win over Cane Bay last week. Hall tossed four touchdown passes and ran for another to power the Cougars. He finished 14 of 29 for 178 yards through the air as the Cougars ended up with 424 yards of total offense.

The Cougars other win came over Wando on Sept. 13. The 40-37 victory snapped a 36-game losing streak for the Cougars.

Ashley Ridge is coming off consecutive wins. On Sept. 27 the Swamp Foxes defeated Cane Bay 27-20 and last week they defeated West Florence 20-0.

“To travel 2 hours to a stadium most of us have not been to before and play a team that was in the state semi-finals last year and to come away with a win is a credit to our players,” Walker said. “Against Colleton, we will have to continue to limit penalties and turnovers on offense and keep the chains moving like we were able to do last week.”

Junior Swamp Fox tailback Tyler Garland had 32 carries for 167 yards and a rushing touchdown and made three receptions for 68 yards and two TDs in the game. Ashley Ridge quarterback Chandler Avenel completed 9 of 13 pass attempts for 155 yards.

Walker said his defense had its best game of the season at West Florence.

Colleton County is averaging 24 points per game this season while yielding 37.6 points. Ashley Ridge is averaging 23 points a game while yielding 30.5.

Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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