Thursday, September 19, 2013
The Green Wave faces one of the fastest running backs in the state this week and they have to do it without one of their top defenders.
Summerville (2-1) travels to Wando (2-2) for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday.
The Warriors are doing some rebuilding this season but Wando is the biggest school in the state as far as number of students so that task is less of a challenge for the Warriors than it is for smaller programs. Plus Wando did return its top running back, defending state 100-meter dash champion Kenning Waring.
“They have some good athletes,” Summerville coach John McKissick said. “Their left guard is good and their tailback beat our fastest guy in the 100 at the state meet. If they can get him out on the perimeter we will have a tough time.”
A key component to Summerville’s defense the last few seasons has been defensive back Darin Smalls. He is a player capable of providing either shutdown pass coverage or sound tackling when called upon to do so. But he tore his ACL during last week’s game with Goose Creek and is expected to miss the remainder of his senior season.
Summerville also has one of the largest student populations in the state so it has quality backups for the secondary, but none of them are consensus Division-1 prospects like Smalls, who has verbally committed to the University of South Carolina.
Summerville also has some talented linemen and linebackers so hopefully they can keep Waring and the rest of the Warrior offensive weapons from breaking containment too often.
Last week linebacker Mac McCurry had 32 tackles against the Gators, including 21 unassisted. Defensive back Chad Wood added 13 tackles and linebacker Cody Soto had 10.
Wando is coming off a Thursday-night game so it has an extra day of rest entering the contest with the Wave. The Warriors lost all-state quarterback Christian Hart and North-South wide receiver Rudder Brown to graduation in the spring, but it hasn’t stopped them from moving the ball well this season.
The Warriors fell 17-14 to Beaufort and 40-37 to Colleton County last week so they could easily be 4-0 if they had played just a little better. Last week a turnover on a fumble and an interception returned for a touchdown were costly against a Cougar team fighting hard to break its 36-game losing streak.
Summerville was in a similar situation last week when it stood toe-to-toe with the state’s No. 3 ranked Class AAAA team for most of the game, but then gave up big plays to allow Goose Creek to put the game away.
The Warriors’ defense will be challenged this week as Summerville has a very productive passing game. The Wave has passed for 557 yards this season while holding its opponents to 286 yards through the air. Summerville has been outrushed 586 yards to 486 yards, but it should be able to run the ball better against certain defenses.
“We need to clean some things up,” McKissick said. “We had eight penalties last week, gave up two fumbles and missed too many tackles.”
Summerville has been flagged 24 times this season while its opponents have only drawn 15 penalties. The Wave has lost four fumbles and thrown four interceptions this year while recovering only two fumbles and making only one interception.
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