Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Green Wave is looking to string a couple of wins together when it heads to Beaufort Friday.
Summerville travels to face the Eagles, a team which also has a 3-4 record. However, Summerville enters the game with a 1-0 mark in Region 8-AAAA while Beaufort lost its region opener to Bluffton last week.
“I rate them about like Fort Dorchester,” Summerville coach John McKissick said. “Some people might think they are kind of down this year, but they really aren’t. They have played everyone close except Goose Creek and Wando. They played Bluffton better than the score to that game indicates.”
Mark Clifford has had a lot of success since he took over as the Eagles’ head coach nine years ago and Beaufort has established a tradition of being particularly tough on its home field. McKissick says the team’s play calling always makes a game against the Eagles a challenge.
“They can throw, but they tend to run it at you using several looks,” McKissick said. “They will call an isolation play, then a sweep and then a trap. They are very physical and their offensive line is probably the best we have faced.”
Beaufort returned four starters on each side of the ball this year. Many of its linemen are seniors.
Things are looking up a little for Summerville, which earned a 17-10 win over Fort Dorchester last week in a game in which many people had them as the underdog.
“You always feel good about a win over a rival,” McKissick said. “I can see we are making some improvements, but I can also see some things we still need to correct.”
The Wave played that game without its featured running back, Davon Anderson. However, senior Jerod Tucker stepped up and rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown and made two receptions for 48 yards. Freshman quarterback Sawyer Bridges also had a solid night, completing nine passes for 148 yards.
“Right now Tucker is running about as good as anyone,” McKissick said. “Our quarterback gets better every time he plays. We have two linebackers who are playing about as good as any we’ve had and Matt Powell is really making a difference on the defensive line.”
The linebackers McKissick praised are freshman Mac McCurry and junior Adam Blocker. McCurry had 16 tackles last week, including a sack, while Blocker and Powell had 13 tackles each.
On the season, McCurry leads the team in tackles with 108 as well as in sacks (6) and tackles for a loss (7). Linebacker Kyle Kenney is also having a good season. He is second on the team in tackles (71) and has a pair of sacks and tackles for a loss. Sophomore Kevin Dickerson leads the Wave defensive backs with 40 tackles, five pass break ups and two interceptions.
Kendall Parker now leads the Wave receivers with 19 catches for 214 yards and a pair of TDs. Close behind are Johnston McCurry with 14 receptions for 188 yards and tight end Sean Smith with 13 receptions for 167 yards.
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