The Green Wave forced turnovers and put its platoon of running backs to good use Friday to earn a 56-21 victory at Colleton County.
The Cougars outgained the Green Wave, racking up 372 yards of offense to Summerville’s 360 yards. However, the Cougars turned the ball over four times and had trouble stopping the Green Wave ground attack. Both teams seemed to finally get their penalty problems under control as Summerville only drew four yellow flags and Colleton only drew seven.
The Green Wave defense only surrendered 55 rushing yards, but Colleton threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns.
“We weren’t able to get enough pressure on their quarterback and he completed a lot of passes,” Summerville coach John McKissick said. “That Colleton quarterback is pretty good and he’s quick so I’m happy to get the win.”
Summerville QB Sawyer Bridges only threw nine passes, completing four for 56 yards. Nearly a dozen players carried the ball for Summerville as it rolled off 304 rushing yards. Starter Jacerie Ponder rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown before being injured. In his absence, Chris Felder led the running backs.
Felder carried 16 times and finished with 87 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The sophomore scored on runs of 18, 4, 3 and 11 yards.
“We were a little bruised up,” McKissick said. “We lost Ponder to an ankle sprain and lineman William McArn to a high ankle sprain. But our offensive line did a good job and our backs got a lot of yards.”
Junior Darrell Ford finished with 60 rushing yards and a TD on nine carries. Junior Amadi BeCoate-Roper had the games first score, a 26-yard touchdown run. Sophomore Quadray Poinsette scored on a 15-yard run.
Others involved in the Green Wave’s rushing attack included Bridges, Krishaon Jackson, Donnell Bryan, Justin Brigman, Derrian Kirkwood and Brandon Williams.
As part of an ongoing theme for Summerville, the Green Wave defense also found the end zone and set up several of the rushing TDs.
Summerville defensive back Daniel Smith picked off a Colleton pass and dashed 31 yards into the end zone to put the Green Wave up 35-7 in the second quarter. Summerville went on to take a 42-21 lead into the half.
Joshua Orr also picked off a pass for Summerville. Linebacker Darrell Smalls recovered a fumble for the Green Wave.
Linebacker Mac McCurry led Summerville in tackles with 19. Smalls and Cody Soto both finished with eight tackles each.
Summerville 14 28 14 0— 56
Colleton 0 7 14 0— 21
S — Amadi Becoate-Roper 26 run (David Kennedy kick)
S — Chris Felder 18 run (Kennedy kick)
CC — Bruce Holmes 14 pass from Ramon Hall (Riley Downey kick
S — Darrell Ford 2 run (Kennedy kick)
S — Felder 4 run (Kennedy kick)
S — Daniel Smith 31 INT return (Kennedy kick)
S — Felder 3 run (Kennedy kick)
S — Felder 11 run (Kennedy kick)
CC — Holmes 55 pass from Hall (Downey kick)
S — Quadray Poinsette 15 run (Kennedy kick)
CC — Linzell Williams 28 pass from Hall (Downey kick)