Thursday, September 26, 2013
Among the texts Colleton County coach Chris Collins received after his program’s monumental victory against Wando in Week 3 was one from Stratford coach Ray Stackley.
“I told him that’s what hard work and perseverance does,” Stackley said. “I said eventually you’re going to turn it around.”
That 40-37 win on Sept. 13 was Colleton County’s first since 2009, snapping a 36-game losing streak. The Cougars were narrowly defeated last week by unbeaten West Ashley, 35-28.
Two games earlier, they lost by two to Woodland.
“He’s doing a great job over there,” Stackley said of Collins. “We’ve known him for a long time, when he coached at Berkeley and Wando.”
Collins is in his second year at Colleton County.
Stratford has won five straight in the series and won last season, 62-0. The Knights have outscored Colleton County 140-0 over the last three meetings.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Walterboro on Friday.
Stackley’s team is coming off a 42-27 win over Ashley Ridge. Georgia commitment Jacob Park topped the 300-yard mark and tossed four touchdown passes, including a pair of long ones to Thad Thompson.
Thompson’s touchdown catches came from 88 and 80 yards.
“He’s paid his dues by working hard in the offseason,” Stratford offensive coordinator Dennie McDaniel said of Thompson. “For it to come to fruition his senior year is exactly what we count on.
“That’s what our tradition is built on. That’s Stratford football.”
After Colleton County, the Knights host Lowcountry rival Summerville.