To all the prep football fans across the state, you missed a good one if you weren’t in St. George, SC last night. Folks this game was well worth the price of admission, and was simply one for the books. The North Charleston Cougars travelled to St. George to take on the Woodland Wolverines, in a game that featured some of the brightest young stars from the LowCountry Region of South Carolina.
Woodland got on the scoreboard first when 2010 RB prospect, Nagui Wright (pictured), returned a punt 65 yards to put the Wolverines on the board; 6-0. However, the Cougars struck back immediately when QB Denzel Myers threw a TD strike to an open receiver across the middle to tie the score at 6 all.
Woodland QB, Robert Smith, one of the top quarterbacks from out of the 2011 class then found wideout Marques Carson across the middle for another Woodland score. After a successful 2-point conversion attempt, the Wolverines went up by the score of 14-6, which would end up being the score at the end of the half.
In 3rd quarter action, RB Nagui Wright, got things started when he busted straight up the gut for a 60-yard scamper to the end zone to put Woodland up 20-6. The Wolverines attempted a 2-point conversion, but the pass was intercepted by Denzel Myers, who also stars on the defensive side of the ball for the Cougars. Woodland added 6 more points to their lead when Smith and Carson hooked up for another scoring play that was good for 55 yards to make the score 26-6.
For a minute, it seemed like Woodland was going to run away with things. However though, the Cougars were not to be denied. Head Coach, Jimmy Brown, did a little switcheroo that consisted of moving QB Denzel Myers (pictured) to wideout, and moving RB Kayron Smith to QB. The move was very effective to say the very least, as the Cougars managed to scratch and claw their way back into the contest.
The Cougar’s rally started when Smith found Myers across the middle for a score. A successful 2-point attempt made the score 26-14. Woodland would then fumble the kick-off and turn the ball over to the Cougars. Kayron Smith would then take it to the end zone on a QB keeper to bring the Cougars within 6. The Cougars defense then came alive and allowed their offense to get the ball back. That’s when Smith and Myers hooked up once again through the air for another score to tie things at 26 all. The 2-point conversion attempt was successful and the Cougars took the lead for the first time in the game with 5:11 remaining in the 4th quarter.
When Woodland got the ball back, they were led down the field by their general, Robert Smith (pictured), who capped off the drive with a QB keeper with just 2:14 remaining. Woodland added the 2-point conversion to make the score 34-28.
But North Charleston was not done yet. K. Smith led the Cougars offense back onto the field, and threw yet another TD pass to tie the game at 34 all with 39.4 seconds remaining. The extra point was no good, forcing the game into overtime.
In overtime, the Wolverine’s offense took the field first and answered by scoring on an end around play, putting them up by the score of 40-34. Nagui Wright would then go on to add the 2-point conversion and put them up by the score of 42-34. Now it was time to see how the Cougars were going to respond. On fourth and goal from the 1-yard line, the Cougars were denied when the Wolverine’s defense managed to stuff the Cougar's ball carrier just short of the end zone to seal the win! What a way to end a ball game folks...
RB Nagui Wright and QB Robert Smith of Woodland HS.