BY GREG HUTTON
Special to The Post and Courier
MOUNT PLEASANT — Two teams currently at opposite ends of the football spectrum met Friday night at Wando Stadium, and the result was not surprising.
Senior Cameron Rouse scored a touchdown 18 seconds after kickoff and Wando never looked back, recording a 37-6 triumph over visiting Colleton County.
While the Warriors are off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1991, the Cougars extended their losing streak to 26 games, dating back to Nov. 6, 2009.
“I’m proud of our guys’ effort, approach and leadership coming into this game,” said Wando coach Jimmy Noonan, whose squad has outscored opponents 105-19 in its past three games. “Our guys are doing a pretty good job of taking it one game at a time. And that’s exactly what the game demands.”
On the first play from scrimmage, the Warriors utilized a 49-yard pass from Christian Hart to Trevor Pederson and a personal foul penalty to set the stage for Rouse’s first of two touchdowns.
Nate Wright darted 21 yards to the end zone in the first quarter before Chase Robinson and Rouse scored on runs of 14 and 6 yards, respectively, in the second stanza to give Wando a 28-6 halftime advantage.
“We hadn’t seen a lot of man (coverage), and we have receivers that can make those one-on-one plays,” Noonan said, referring to the game’s first play. “Obviously we went right after it. We wanted to be aggressive tonight and set the tone.”
Senior Stewart Bailey booted field goals of 44 and 28 yards to account for Colleton County’s points, while Hart’s 27-yard quarterback keeper and Casey Clawson’s field goal of the same distance rounded out the scoring.
The Cougars (0-3) have shown signs of promise in a difficult season-opening stretch that also included an Aug. 31 matchup with defending Division II-AAAA state champion Goose Creek. Despite the 44-0 result, Colleton County held the Gators to a respectable 14 points in the first half, and first-year Cougars coach Chris Collins saw further improvement against the Warriors.
“Our first week we were negative yardage,” Collins said. “Last week we had a little bit of yardage. And this week I don’t know what we had, but it was better.”
Colleton County finished with 189 yards rushing — largely the result of big gains from Dar’rell Rowes (61-yard run) and Diquan Crosby (45-yard run) — and 31 yards passing for a total of 220.
“We’ve been struggling to move the ball,” Collins added. “Playing quality programs like Wando and Goose Creek is making us better.”
The Warriors gained 368 yards total — 157 passing and 211 on the ground.
Colleton County 3 3 0 0— 6
Wando 14 14 6 3—37
W — Cameron Rouse 4 run (Casey Clawson kick)
CC — Stewart Bailey 44 field goal
W — Nate Wright 21 run (Clawson kick)
CC — Bailey 28 field goal
W — Chase Robinson 14 run (Clawson kick)
W — Rouse 6 run (Clawson kick)
W — Christian Hart 27 run (Clawson kick failed)
W — Clawson 27 field goal