GOOSE CREEK — Unfortunately for Colleton County’s football team, its best offensive performance in three seasons came on the same night as its worst defensive effort in school history.
No. 3-ranked Goose Creek demolished Colleton County Friday night, 77-30, in Class AAAA non-region play at Charles B. Gibson Stadium to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Colleton County (0-2) has now lost 36 consecutive games dating back to Nov. 2009, the second-longest active losing streak in the state and the longest current streak in Class AAAA.
The Cougars’ 30 points were the most the program has scored in a game since 2009, but the 77 points the Gators scored were the most Colleton County’s AAAA football program has given up in team history between both the former Walterboro High School and CCHS combined, dating back to 1970.
Goose Creek had previously held the record for the most points scored against a Colleton County football team, a mark set at 63 in a 2010 win over CCHS at Cougar Stadium. The Gators would go on to win the Division II-AAAA Lower State Championship that season.
The Gators rushing attack was too much for the Cougars to handle, racking up 468 yards on the ground
Goose Creek senior tailback Caleb Kinlaw, who ran for 198 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries, put the Gators on the board first when he capped an 11-play, 67-yard drive to start the game with an 8-yard TD run.
Colleton County would answer on its ensuing possession, first getting a reprieve when Goose Creek was called for a roughing the kicker penalty on a Riley Downing punt attempt on fourth-and-9 from the CCHS 29, then scoring three plays later on a 44-yard TD pass from Ramon Hall to Latrell Nieves.
A preview of things to come, the Cougars failed to convert the extra point attempt following a high snap, allowing the Gators to retain a 7-6 lead with 6:17 to go in the first.
CCHS has failed to convert a point-after-touchdown and two-point conversion tries on all seven of its attempts this season, and has failed to convert nine in a row dating back to its final game of the 2012 season against Beaufort.
Following a short kickoff by Colleton County, the Gators needed only three plays to reach the end zone again. Evan McField, who ran for 101 yards and a TD on 13 carries, broke off a 35-yard run to give the Gators’ a first-and-10 at the Cougars’ 20, and Kinlaw scored a 20-yard touchdown on the next play. Alex Jacobeth’s kick was good, and Goose Creek led, 14-6, with 5:15 to play in the first.
Colleton County answered again, faking a punt for a 54-yard gain on a pass from Nikeal Simmons to Kelson Crosby on fourth-and-11 from its own 18 with 3:51 to go in the first, setting up a 1-yard TD run by Hall seven plays later. Hall’s pass to Kelson Crosby on the two-point conversion try was incomplete, and Colleton County trailed 14-12 with 49 seconds to go in the first quarter.
Goose Creek would pull ahead to 28-12 by the middle of the second quarter after touchdown runs of 5 and 1 yard by Kinlaw and McField, respectively. Colleton County’s Diquan Crosby would run in for a TD with 1:05 to go in the second to make the score 28-18, but Goose Creek quarterback Dantez Bennamon connected with Jordan Barnes, who caught six passes for 103 yards, for a 29-yard TD pass with 21 seconds to go before halftime, giving Goose Creek a 35-18 lead.
Tyreke Johnson ran for two of Goose Creek’s six second-half scores as the Gators pulled away in the second half.
CCHS quarterback Ramon Hall led the Cougars offense, running for 88 yards and two TD’s, and throwing for 121 yards and a TD. Nieves caught six passes for 108 yards and a score. Nikeal Simmons and Diquan Crosby also had rushing TD’s for Colleton County.
Goose Creek’s win over Colleton County was its eighth in a row over the Walterboro program since 2006, moving its record against the school to 10-2 since CCHS was formed in 2002.
Colleton Co. 12 6 0 12—30
Goose Creek 14 21 21 21—77
GC -- Caleb Kinlaw 7 run (Alex Jacobus kick)
CC -- Latrelle Nevels 45 pass from Raymond Hall (conversion failed)
GC -- Kinlaw 20 run (Jacobus kick)
CC -- Hall 2 run (conversion failed)
GC -- Kinlaw 7 run (Jacobus kick)
GC -- Evan McField 1 run (Jacobus kick)
CC -- Diquan Crosby 11 run (conversion failed)
GC -- Jordan Barnes 20 pass from Dantez Bennamon (Jacobus kick)
GC -- Kinlaw 10 run (Jacobus kick)
GC -- Tyrik Johnson 4 run (Jacobus kick)
GC -- Johnson 1 run (Jacobus kick)
CC -- Hall 1 run (conversion failed)
GC -- Johnson 31 run (Jacobus kick)
CC -- Mikeal Simmons 46 run (kick failed)
GC -- Dominique Jefferson 31 run (Jacobus kick)
GC -- Stephen Woods 6 run (Jacobus kick)
Records: Goose Creek 2-0; Colleton County 0-2.
Next: Goose Creek at Summerville