Patriots hope to rebound against Cougars
After suffering a tough loss last week, the Patriots are looking to get back on track when they travel to Walterboro to take on the Cougars.
Colleton County (2-5, 0-1 in Region 8-AAAA) hosts Fort Dorchester (4-3, 0-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Cougars have already doubled their win total from last season and could have easily won a couple of the games they lost. Colleton is coming off a 44-25 loss to Ashley Ridge.
“They are a lot better than they were a couple of years ago,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said. “They are very good on offense and they have some guys on defense who are tough as nails. Their quarterback is big and he can run and throw. Their skill guys always show.”
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.
“Fred Hamilton heads up their defensive staff and he used to coach with us so he knows what we like to do,” LaPrad said. “I’m sure he’ll have his kids playing hard.”
Turnovers have been an issue lately for Fort Dorchester, who suffered a 24-7 loss to rival Summerville last week. The Green Wave prevented a Patriot score just before the half with an interception and then turned a fumble and another interception into touchdowns early in the third quarter.
“We had the chance to go up by four points but then in five minutes we were down by 17,” LaPrad said. “You can’t do that against anyone. We can’t play like we did last week. We need to put that behind us and get back on track.”
The Fort did move the ball last week. In fact, it had 334 yards of total offense to Summerville’s 306 yards. Patriot QB Kobe Garrett rushed for more than 150 yards and passed for approximately 70 yards. The Patriots also have several other offensive weapons.
The Fort defense also has multiple standouts and they have got the job done for much of the season. The unit gave up a lot of rushing yards last week, but that has not been the case in several other games this year.
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