Green Wave extends streak over Patriots
Patriots’ coach Steve LaPrad says Friday was “just a normal Summerville-Fort Dorchester night.”
Just when it was looking like the game would be decided in overtime, Summerville mounted an 88-yard scoring drive to earn a 17-10 victory over Fort Dorchester.
Senior running back Jerod Tucker and freshman quarterback Sawyer Bridges were among the standouts as the Green Wave earned its 14th straight victory over the Patriots. Summerville now leads the series 20-2.
Tucker carried 25 times for 90 rushing yards and a touchdown and made two receptions for 48 yards as Summerville improved to 3-4 and Fort Dorchester fell to 3-4. It was the Region 8-AAAA opener for both teams.
“We are having a little bit of a rough season so I felt like I had to step it up,” Tucker said. “I need to do everything I can to help us get points on the board so that’s what I’m trying to do. Fort Dorchester is always one of our big games so with me being a senior getting this win means a lot.”
Bridges completed nine passes for 148 yards, including three passes on the game winning drive. He surrendered one interception.
“Bridges is mature for a ninth-grader,” Summerville coach John McKissick said. “Also, our defense picked it up when they had too. I’m real proud of our guys and I think we played pretty good.”
The first three quarters were mostly about defense as each team only had a single score. The Green Wave carried a 7-0 lead into the half on a 2-yard touchdown run by Tucker that capped an 80-yard drive.
The Patriots began the third quarter at their own 20-yard line and drove to cut the lead to 4 with a 30-yard field goal by Luke Philyaw.
Summerville answered with a 27-yard field goal by Parker Cleveland in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
The teams then exchanged fumbles, but the recovery Patriot linebacker Anthony Foreman made gave the Fort possession at the Summerville 35. On a drive aided by a defensive penalty, Daitwan Commodore carried the bulk of the load and scored on a 7-yard run to tie the game at 10 with Philyaw’s extra-point kick.
The Fort punted to pin the Wave down at its own 12 with 2:17 remaining in the game, but then Bridges and his receivers went to work.
The QB hit Kendall Parker for a 15-yard gain and three plays later connected with Tucker, who broke some tackles and sped for a 43-yard gain.
On the next play, Sean Smith went up to grab a 25-yard reception that gave Summerville a first-and-goal at the 3. Two plays later, Bridges scored on a 1-yard run to give the Wave the lead with just more than a minute remaining.
With a pair of passes to T. J. Smith and a Summerville penalty, the Patriots moved to the Summerville 38 on their ensuing possession. However, two deep passes in the closing seconds were unsuccessful.
“We didn’t make the plays when we needed to,” LaPrad said. “It was close at the end but the penalties were out of control. We had (way) more penalties then they did in the first half and you just can’t win a game like that. I thought our defense played good, but obviously not good enough to win. Offensively I thought we would have done a lot better than we did, but everything went wrong.”
The Patriots moved the ball as well as Summerville. However, Fort Dorchester drew 12 penalties for 135 yards while Summerville drew eight for 70 yards.
Fort QB Baptiste Staggers completed eight passes for 100 yards with one interception. Commodore led all rushers with 18 carries for 105 rushing yards and a TD. Charles Loftland carried nine times for 79 yards before having to leave the game with leg cramps. He missed nearly all of the final quarter.
Fort Dorchester 0 0 3 7—10
Summerville 7 0 0 10—17
Summerville — Jerrod Tucker 2 run (Parker Cleveland kick)
Fort Dorchester — Luke Philyaw 30 FG
Summerville — Cleveland 27 FG
Fort Dorchester — Daitwan Commodore 7 run (Philyaw kick)
Summerville — Sawyer Bridges 1 run (Cleveland kick)
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