The Cane Bay Cobras are without a victory this football season but not void of their spirit.
They fell to 0-6 with a 34-20 loss to Colleton County on Friday.
Missed opportunities and a lack of execution were to blame, but the Cobras were also outmanned by the team on the other side of the ball.
“We’ve got to keep working,” Cane Bay coach Russell Zehr said. “We’ve still got a lot of football left. At some point, we’re going to get rid of all the stupid mistakes and get a chance to compete.
“Each and every week, we seem to go out there and shoot ourselves in the foot.”
Among the gaffes against Colleton County was a penalty that wiped out a touchdown pass, a missed field goal, a missed extra point, two turnovers and the Cobras simply couldn’t make the clutch play on defense.
The Cougars converted seven times on fourth down, including once in the fourth quarter when Cane Bay jumped offsides.
“We have a timeout and we tell them what to do and we still jumped offsides,” Zehr said.
Colleton County quarterback Ramon Hall tossed four touchdown passes and ran for another to power the Cougars to their second win this season. Last month, the Cougars snapped a 36-game losing streak with a win over Wando.
Hall finished 14 of 29 for 178 yards through the air as the Cougars ended up with 424 yards of total offense.
Hall’s third touchdown pass with 12 seconds left in the first half gave Colleton County a 20-6 lead at the half. He then capped Colleton’s opening drive of the second half with a 15-yard touchdown scamper to make it 27-6.
Cane Bay didn’t go away, though.
Ramonte Frasier scored on a 12-yard run with 5:36 left in the third quarter to cut the Cobras’ deficit to 27-13 and Kevon Young recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. But Cane Bay couldn’t take advantage and turned it over on downs at the Colleton County 14.
Hall iced it with a 12-yard scoring strike to Latrell Nieves on a fourth-down play with 6:02 left in the game.
Cobras quarterback Devin Kilgore was 16 of 30 for 201 yards and rushed for 20 yards. He had a one-yard touchdown plunge in the first quarter to even the score at 6-6. Frasier added a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to pull the Cobras’ within 34-20.
The ensuing onside kick attempt was side-swiped and the ball actually went backward instead of bounding toward Colleton County’s front wall of players.
Gerald Baker led the Cane Bay receiving corps with four catches for 52 yards, followed by Rashad Andrews with three grabs for 51 yards and Frasier with six receptions for 49 yards.
Linebackers Matt Rudy and Paul Peart led Cane Bay on defense, recording 17 and 9 total stops respectively. Rudy is the team’s top tackler this season with 88 stops.
The Cobras begin Region 7-AAAA play on Friday against Stratford, which is 6-0 and coming off a 28-26 win over Summerville.
The Knights got a blocked field goal on the final play of the game to preserve the victory.
Stratford won last year’s game against Cane Bay, 28-6.
“They’ve got a great football team,” Zehr said of the Knights. “They’ve got a great quarterback and they’re very explosive on offense. We’ve struggled in the secondary making plays so we’ve got our work cut out for us.”
After Stratford, Cane Bay takes on Goose Creek.