Patriots stifle Cougars
The Patriot defense didn't surrender a single score Friday, but did produce one as Fort Dorchester earned a 42-7 win over Colleton County.
Fort Dorchester improved to 4-4 with a 1-1 mark in Region 8-AAAA with the win while Colleton County fell to 0-8. The Cougars have lost their last 31 games.
“This is a game you just want to get through because you don't want to be the one they beat to end that losing streak,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said. “Coming off a tough loss to a rival last week our kids did a great job preparing for this game. Those Colleton County kids play hard. They fought us, but we got some breaks and played well again on defense. We are getting better every week on defense and we were able to do what we had planed on doing on offense.”
That plan was to use the Fort's talented backs frequently while passing every once in a while to keep the Cougar defense honest. Charles Loftland carried 14 times for 65 yards and three touchdowns while fellow senior running back Daitwan Commodore carried 12 times for 53 yards and two TDs.
“It was good to get the win,” Commodore said. “We feel like we have been a sleeping giant this season and its nice to wake up. Hopefully this will get the ball rolling for us. If we can continue to play the way we did tonight I like our chances.”
Patriot quarterback Baptiste Staggers completed 6 of 10 pass attempts to five different receivers for 73 yards. Two of the passes went to Loftland, who finished with 29 receiving yards.
The Fort defense only allowed Colleton to gain 35 yards in the first half while the Patriots gained 165 yards. The Patriots outgained the Cougars 257 yards to 77 yards in the game.
The Fort made 10 tackles in the backfield and lineman Eurndraus Bryant had a sack. Three Patriot fumble recoveries led to scores.
Late in the second quarter, sophomore lineman Myles White recovered a fumble at the Colleton 36-yard line. The Patriots scored six plays later on Loftland's second TD run, which gave the Fort a 21-0 lead at the half. The key play on the drive was a 19-yard run by Staggers.
The Cougars received the second-half kickoff. Before they could get anything going, defensive back Kenny Fenton-Griffith forced a fumble that White scooped up and returned 38 yards into the end zone for a 28-0 lead with Luke Philyaw's fourth of six successful PAT kicks.
After the teams exchanged punts, another Fort fumble recovery set the Patriots up with a fist down at the Colleton 7. On second down, Commodore broke a pair of tackles on a 7-yard TD run for a 34-0 Fort lead.
The Cougars punted on their ensuing possession, but pinned the Fort down at its own 3 with the kick. On the next play, Colleton scored its only TD of the night when Kelson Crosby recovered a Fort fumble in the end zone.
Colleton kicker Stewart Bailey recovered his own on-side kick, but the Cougars were forced to punt after Patriot linebacker David Govan made a tackle for a loss on third down.
The Fort then drove 83 yards to close the scoring with a 6-yard TD run by Loftland. Backup QB Coby Garrett rushed for 30 yards on the drive.
This week the Patriots hit the road to face undefeated Bluffton.
“We have great coaches and we practice hard every day,” White said. “If we can just keep the intensity up I think we should get another win next week.”
- Colleton County 0 0 7 0 –7
- Fort Dorchester 7 14 14 7—42
- Fort Dorchester – Charles Loftland 12 run (Luke Philyaw kick)
- Fort Dorchester – Daitwan Commodore 8 run (Philyaw kick)
- Fort Dorchester – Loftland 1 run (Philyaw kick)
- Fort Dorchester – Myles White 38 fumble return (Philyaw kick)
- Fort Dorchester – Commodore 7 run (Philyaw kick)
- Colleton County – Kelson Crosby fumble recovery in end zone (Stewart Bailey kick)
- Fort Dorchester – Loftland 6 run (Philyaw kick)