WALTERBORO -- Jared Mole rumbled for a 13-yard touchdown that finally put away winless Colleton County as West Ashley posted a 34-20 win Friday night to end a seven-game losing streak.
On a third-and-12 from the Colleton County 13-yard line, Mole burst through four defenders for his second touchdown to put the Wildcats (3-7) on top by 14 with just 1:38 remaining.
"It's great to break the losing streak, because we have been mired in it for a while," said West Ashley coach Bobby Marion, whose team led 27-6 at halftime. "We've been playing well for a couple weeks, and to Colleton County's credit, their kids didn't quit. We're just not used to getting ahead or being that far ahead."
West Ashley raced out to the 21-point advantage on Mole's first score and three first-half TDs by quarterback Thomas Woodhead. Mole finished with a game-high 90 rushing yards on 12 carries.
Leading 6-3, the Wildcats resorted to some trickery to stretch their lead. Woodhead hit Jumil Hornsby for a 30-yard score off of a double-reverse, throwback pass on fourth down.
Woodhead then added scoring runs of 1 and 5 yards to account for West Ashley's halftime lead.
But Colleton County, after managing just a pair of Jarrett Ritter field goals in the first half, came roaring back after the intermission.
Senior tailback Aaron Brown's 18-yard TD run at the end of the third quarter drew Colleton County within 27-13 and a 25-yard touchdown pass from Wightman Smoak to Malik Young made it a 27-20 game with 6:20 to play.
A quick three-and-out from the Colleton County defense gave the Cougars (0-10) a chance to drive for overtime from their own 45-yard line. But Smoak's second attempt of the series was intercepted by West Ashley's Antwan Dennis to set up the Wildcats' decisive score.
"We came back hard in the second half and fought hard to get back in the game," Colleton County coach Leroy Riley said. "We were proud for the effort, but we would have liked the outcome to come out in our favor.
"We needed those field goal to go for touchdowns in hindsight, but at the time, that's what we felt like we needed to do to stay in the ballgame."
Smoak led the Cougars with 180 yards and a touchdown on 15-of-34 passing.
WA--Jared Mole 6 run (kick failed)
CC--Jarrett Ritter 39 field goal
WA--Jumil Hornsby 30 pass from Thomas Woodhead (Matt Stonaker kick)
CC--Ritter 23 field goal
WA--Woodhead 1 run (Stonaker kick)
WA--Woodhead 5 run (Stonaker kick)
CC--Aaraon Brown 18 run (Ritter kick)
CC--Malik Young 25 pass from Wightman Smoak (Ritter kick)
WA--Mole 13 run (Stonaker kick)
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