NORTH CHARLESTON — Fort Dorchester manufactured 21 points off Colleton County’s three fumbles en route to a 42-7 triumph Friday night at Bagwell Stadium.
Charles Loftland ran for three touchdowns and Daitwan Commodore ran for a pair as the Patriots evened their record at 4-4 overall, 1-1 in Region 8-AAAA. The Cougars fell to 0-8 and 0-2, respectively, extending their losing streak to 31 games.
“Colleton County has struggled this year, but it’s also one of those games (in which) you don’t want to be the one,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said. “We don’t have but two guys back on defense this year and every week we’ve gotten better and better and better. They’re growing up.”
The Patriots used a 10-play, 72-yard drive that culminated with Loftland’s 12-yard touchdown run to initiate the scoring nearly 8 minutes after the opening kickoff.
Commodore extended the margin to 14-0 midway through the second quarter when he powered into the end zone from 8 yards out.
At that point, the Fort Dorchester defense took over. Each of the next three scores resulted from Cougars fumbles that were recovered by the Patriots and subsequently turned into touchdowns.
Fort Dorchester gained possession at Colleton County’s 37-yard-line when Myles White recovered a fumble forced by Roderick Davis during a punt return. That set the stage for Loftland’s second TD of the evening — a 1-yard rush — as the Patriots carried a 21-point advantage into halftime.
Shortly after the break, White struck again. The sophomore recovered another fumble — this time it was knocked loose by Daniel Nkwocha — and raced 37 yards to the end zone for a 28-0 lead.
Commodore made the Cougars pay for a third fumble, which was recovered by Eurndraus Bryant, less than 4 minutes later with a 7-yard score.
B.J. Hampleton hopped on a loose ball in the end zone to put Colleton County on the scoreboard late in the third quarter before Loftland rounded out the scoring with a 6-yard TD run.
“Fort Dorchester did an excellent job tonight,” Cougars coach Chris Collins said. “They came out fired up for homecoming and after their loss last week. And I really didn’t want to play them after a loss.”
The Patriots were hampered by 13 penalties in that 17-10 defeat to Summerville. With 11 penalties at a cost of 86 yards on Friday night, LaPrad was again dissatisfied with that aspect of his squad’s performance.
“That’s one thing we worked on, and I felt like we still had too many (penalties),” said the 10th-year Fort Dorchester coach. “That killed us last week. We’ve got a tough opponent next week in Bluffton, so we’ve got to get better at it.”
Colleton County quarterback Ramon Hall topped all rushers with 91 yards on 22 attempts. Loftland (65 yards rushing) and Commodore (53) led the Patriots, who recorded 262 total yards to the Cougars’ 134. Fort Dorchester quarterback Baptiste Staggers completed 6 of 10 pass attempts for 73 yards.
Colleton County 0 0 7 0 — 7
Fort Dorchester 7 14 14 7—42
FD — Charles Loftland 12 run (Luke Philyaw kick), 4:04
FD — Daitwan Commodore 8 run (Philyaw kick), 7:42
FD — Loftland 1 run (Philyaw kick), 1:25
FD — Myles White 37 fumble return (Philyaw kick), 10:18
FD — Commodore 7 run (Philyaw kick), 6:31
CC — B.J. Hampleton fumble recovery (Stewart Bailey kick), 0:42
FD — Loftland 6 run (Philyaw kick), 5:16