Green Wave spoils Beaufort's homecoming
The Green Wave football team evened its record Friday with a 45-28 win at Beaufort.
Summerville (4-4, 2-0 in Region 8-AAAA) jumped out to a 24-0 lead over the Eagles (3-5, 0-2) and took a 31-7 lead into the half en route to earning coach John McKissick his 598th career win.
“It's always good to get a W,” McKissick said. “The kids enjoyed going down there and earning a region win. That should give them a little boost in confidence.”
With Davon Anderson still out with an injury, seniors Jerod Tucker and D.J. Gaddist had most of the Summerville carries. Tucker had nine for 97 rushing yards and two touchdowns while Gaddist had eight for 45 rushing yards and a TD.
Wave quarterback Sawyer Bridges completed 10 of 19 pass attempts for 157 yards and a TD. Sean Smith and William Luck both had three receptions for more than 30 yards, but Bridges also completed passes to Tyrone Hayes, Kendall Parker and Tucker.
“We didn't want Tucker to have to make all the runs so we used four other running backs and they all ran well,” McKissick said. “Bridges threw to different receivers and anytime you can spread the ball around like that it is a good thing.”
Tucker and Gaddist wrapped a pair of 12-yard TD runs around a 41-yard field goal by Parker Cleveland in the opening quarter to set the tone. Then Bridges threw to Smith for an 11-yard TD reception before the Eagles could get on the scoreboard.
Beaufort answered that score with a 2-yard TD run by JaClay Mixon, who ended the night with approximately 175 rushing yards.
But the Eagles' hopes of a rally to salvage their homecoming game were largely vanquished soon after when Summerville's Darin Smalls returned a punt 100 yards for the 24-point Wave lead entering the half.
In the third quarter Summerville added a 1-yard TD run by Tucker and a 50-yard TD run by Jacerie Ponder, who has played at defensive back for most of this season. The Wave surrendered two passing TDs and a rushing TD late in the game, but the Eagles were too far behind for it to matter.
Sophomore linebacker Mac McCurry led the Wave defense with 24 tackles on the night. He made 12 solo tackles and one for a loss. Adam Blocker and Kyle Keeney also finished with double-digit tackles. Defensive back Kevin Dickerson had nine tackles and an interception in the game.
“Our linebackers are doing a good job, but of course the defensive line is helping them out by staying low and doing their job up front,” McKissick said.
This Friday Summerville hosts Colleton County at 7:30 p.m. for its homecoming game.
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