Cobras snap losing skid

  • Friday, August 22, 2014

Cane Bay's Paul Peart celebrates after Colleton County's missed extra point late in regulation. ROB GANTT/GAZETTE

The Cane Bay Cobras will come up with a lot more than snake oil this season.

The Cobras broke into the win column for the first time since 2012 on Friday, edging Colleton County 28-27 to put a fruitless 2013 behind them. The losing streak was 12 games.

“I'm just so proud for our kids,” Cane Bay coach Russell Zehr said. “We haven't even said a whole lot about last year. Nothing you can say could change that, but I do know that cloud has hung over these kids' heads.”

Colleton County's missed extra point with 56 seconds left was the difference.

The Cobras had to make one final stand in the last minute after Colleton County recovered the onside kick too.

Cane Bay's defense made several huge plays to help the Cobras get off on the right foot this fall. Tracy Gilliard returned an interception 40 yards for a score in the opening quarter as part of Cane Bay's 14-0 start and Kevon Young took back one 22 yards in the fourth quarter.

The Cobras also had a stand on fourth down inside their 3-yard line on the first play of the fourth quarter to keep the deficit at 21-20.

Young's interception return and Tyler Farr's run on the 2-point try gave the Cobras the lead with 9:11 left in the game.

Craig Grant's 40-yard touchdown pass to Justin Williams with 56 seconds left brought Colleton County within 28-27 but Riley Downing's extra point try sailed wide left as the football gods smiled on Zehr's team.

“We weren't perfect and we made a lot of mistakes, probably more than we should have,” Zehr said, “but we hung in there and never quit. Guys that never quit find a way to win.”

Keenan Simpson led the Cobras on offense with 134 yards rushing and romped 66 yards to make it 7-0 in the opening quarter.

Colleton County's Tyquan David had a dynamic first half, rushing for 225 yards and scoring on runs of 65 and 48 yards. The Cobras made adjustments, though, and he only finished with 242 yards.

Quarterback Devin Dingle's 7-yard run gave Cane Bay a 20-14 lead with 4:53 remaining in the first half.

Colleton County scored on its opening possession of the second half to take a 21-20 lead, holding the ball for over seven minutes before scoring on Nikeal Simmons' 4-yard touchdown run.

The Cobras and Cougars are both at home next week. Summerville visits Cane Bay and Colleton County hosts former Region 8-AAAA foe Beaufort.

Colleton County 0 14 7 6 - 27

Cane Bay 14 6 0 8 - 28

CB – Keenan Simpson 66 run (Phillip Jackson kick)

CB – Tracy Gilliard 40 interception return (Jackson kick)

CO – Tyquan David 65 run (Riley Downing kick)

CO – David 48 run (Downing kick)

CB – Devin Dingle 7 run (kick failed)

CO – Nikeal Simmons 5 run (Downing kick)

CB – Kevon Young 22 interception return (Farr run)

CO – Justin Williams 40 pass from Craig Grant (kick failed)

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