Columbia opened the 2008 season with a come-from-behind 12-10 win Saturday at Hanahan. The game was originally schedule for Friday but was cancelled due to heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Fay. The field was still very wet and high humidity added to the less-than-idea playing conditions.
The Capitals need a late break to set up their 12th straight regular season win. Columbia recovered a bad snap on a Hanahan punt attempt with 1:50 remaining at the Hawks 10-yeard line. Quarterback Antonio Marshall scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard sneak with 22 seconds to go.
Marshall finished with 53 yards rushing. He scored both Columbia TDs and had another negated by a penalty. Chris Payne was outstanding in his first game as the go-to Capitals running back, ringing up 241 yards on 34 carries.
Demario Jeffrey (10 tackles, 1 TFL), Lorenzo Boyles (12 tackles, 1 TFL) and Mychal Brown (9 tackles, 3 TFL) led the defensive charge.