McKissick isn't looking past Cougars

  • Thursday, October 18, 2012

Photo by: Shane Roper—The Green Wave football team is looking to help coach John McKissick notch the 599th victory of his career during its homecoming game Friday against Colleton County.

Right now nothing would be better to the Cougars than spoiling the Green Wave's homecoming.
Summerville hosts Colleton County for its homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Green Wave carries a 4-4 record into the game and is 2-0 in Region 8-AAAA while the Cougars are 0-8 with a pair of region losses. However, Summerville coach John McKissick is expecting a fight.
“Those Colleton players don't quit,” McKissick said. “They play hard but they seem to have some tough luck. They'll be playing good and then they give up a big play. They run a lot of option so we will have to stop that.”
The Cougars have lost their last 31 games but nearly broke the streak twice last month. Colleton fell 8-6 to West Ashley Sept. 14 and blew a 21-0 lead over Cane Bay and ended up falling 26-21 after a furious Cobra rally Sept. 27.
According to scfootballhistory.com, Colleton County has never beat Summerville on the gridiron. However, the Cougars gave the Green Wave all they could handle in losing efforts in 2002 (17-14), 2005 (24-21) and 2008 (19-14). In 2001, the year before Colleton County High School opened, Walterboro High School defeated the Green Wave 15-9.
Colleton quarterback Ramon Hall and running back Diquan Crosby are capable runners. Last week against Fort Dorchester, Hall led all rushers with 91 yards and Crosby picked up 56 yards on 11 carries.
The Cougars held the Patriots to 73 passing yards, which is below average for the Fort this season.
However, the Cougars will likely need to catch some breaks in order to upset the Green Wave. Summerville seems to be hitting its stride coming off a 45-28 victory in Beaufort. Summerville used a balanced attack in that game, rushing for 228 yards and passing for 157.
The Wave has a number of running backs capable of making plays and its receivers and freshman QB have shown promise the last few games. Last week, five receivers made catches.
Summerville's defense is starting to make more of the big plays it struggled making earlier in the season. The unit only allowed two scores in the first three quarters last week.
McKissick is pleased with his team's kicking game Parker Cleveland is averaging 38 yards per punt and David Kennedy is making some deep kickoffs.

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