WALTERBORO — The streak is over. Colleton County’s 36-game losing streak came to an end on Thursday night as the Cougars knocked off the Wando Warriors, 40-37.
Quarterback Ramon Hall threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns while adding a rushing score to lift the Cougars to the monumental victory.
“We worked so hard and dealt with all the negativity for so long, but every man on this team knew this day would come,” said a tearful Hall. “I see this team every day in practice and I know how hard we work. From the first day of this season, I knew we would win. The community needed this and our coaches needed this. They had our backs from the day they got here.”
Hall’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Holmes with 3:27 to play put Colleton County up, 33-30. A minute later, Tristan Pontoon picked off a Bailey Hart pass over the middle and raced untouched 54 yards for a touchdown.
Wando scored a late touchdown, but Colleton County recovered an onside kick with 11 seconds left in the game, setting off a wild celebration on the field.
“So many people have had a hand in supporting this football program and supporting me,” said second-year coach Chris Collins. “This is for all of those people — the administration, the teachers and athletic director, our students and our community. It’s a special night for these young men. People don’t understand how hard these kids work every single day.”
Colleton County dominated play in the first half, rolling up nearly 300 yards in total offense, while the defense held Wando’s offense scoreless.
On the game’s opening possession, the Cougars went 80 yards in 12 plays to take a 7-0 lead on Letrell Nieves’ 15-yard run with 7:30 remaining in the first quarter.
Wando answered with a long drive of its own, but the drive ended on Colleton County’s 24-yard line after a fumble. However, Colleton County was forced to punt on the ensuing possession and the punt snap sailed into the end zone. Cougars’ punter Riley Downing attempted to kick the ball through the end zone but whiffed, allowing Wando’s Chance Price to fall on the ball for a touchdown.
Colleton County seemed unfazed, however, taking the next possession 65 yards on six plays, with Hall scoring on a 19-yard keeper for a 14-7 lead.
Colleton County had another scoring drive end with an interception in the end zone, but Hall made up for the mistake later in the half, connecting on a 60-yard TD pass to Jamie Sanders.
Wando came out strong in the second half, scoring two quick touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 22-20 lead.
Hall’s 34-yard touchdown pass to Nieves pushed Colleton County back on top, 26-22, but Wando’s Kenny Waring gave the Warriors a 30-26 lead with a 36-yard run with 10:30 left in the game. Waring finished the game with 113 yards rushing.
W – 7 0 15 15
CC – 14 6 0 20
CC – Letrell Nieves 15 run (Riley Downing kick)
W – Chance Price fumble recovery in end zone on bad punt snap (Clayton Rosenbaum kick)
CC – Ramon Hall 19 run (Downing kick)
CC – Jamie Sanders 60 pass from Hall (kick failed)
W – Daniel Stubbs 8 run (Trevor Pedersen run)
W – Hakeem Keith 4 blkd punt ret (Rosenbaum kick)
CC – Nieves 34 pass from Hall (run failed)
W – Kenny Waring 36 run (Pedersen pass to Joe Paragano)
CC – Bruce Holmes 15 pass from Hall (Downing kick)
CC – Tristan Pontoon 54 interception return (Downing kick)
W – Zola Davis 33 pass from Bailey Hart (Rosenbaum kick)
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