Tuesday, August 6, 2013
A year could make a big difference for the Green Wave football team.
This time last year several of Summerville’s key athletes weren’t sure exactly what their role with the team would be. The Wave had a full-out competition for the quarterback position as it opened summer practice and the team was also looking for leaders to step up at other positions.
As the Wave opened practice Friday for its 2013 campaign there were fewer questions, at least for certain positions.
Rising sophomore Sawyer Bridges returns to the Wave after starting at QB in all 12 of Summerville’s games last season. Assuming he isn’t beat out for the job this summer, the experience he gained in those games should make things run smoother.
The Wave offense also has stability up front and at the running back position.
Rising juniors Zack Bailey and Jonathan James bring a lot of experience to the interior line and rising senior Sean Smith has seen a lot of action at tight end.
Davon Anderson returns after rushing for more than 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. Fellow rising senior Jacerie Ponder also spent some time in the Wave’s offensive backfield last season.
The Wave lost its two leading receivers from last year, but William Luck and Johnston McCurry have returned after combining for 23 receptions last year. Smith had 17 receptions last season.
Summerville also has some tested leaders on defense.
Defensive back Darin Smalls returns for his third season as a starter and will have the help of a couple of other returning secondary players.
Mac McCurry was one of the candidates for the QB spot last summer but after Bridges got the nod behind center McCurry became a full-time linebacker and ended up leading the team in tackles. He looks to provide more stability at the position in his junior year, but Summerville does have to replace a couple of other talented linebackers.
Meanwhile rising juniors Matt Powell and Kawuan Cox bring an extra years worth of experience to the defensive line.
Summerville is looking to improve on the 7-5 record it had last season. The Wave won its region in 2012 but was eliminated from the playoffs with a loss to Spartanburg in the opening round.
Summerville opens its 2013 season Aug. 29 by hosting Cane Bay. However, fans will have several opportunities to see the Wave in action prior to then.
The Wave will host scrimmages at its practice field behind SHS with Orangeburg-Wilkerson at 10 a.m. Aug. 9 and with Manning at 10 a.m. Aug. 13. Summerville will scrimmage at James Island at 5 p.m. Aug. 15 and at Colleton County at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20.
On Aug. 23, Summerville will scrimmage Bishop England for two quarters during the Sertoma Classic at Johnson Hagood Stadium.
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