Thursday, November 8, 2012
The battle of the SHSs is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Summerville High School football team will host Spartanburg High School for the opening round of the playoffs.
The Green Wave enters the game with a 7-4 record and riding a five-game winning streak that earned it the Region 8-AAAA championship and the No. 4 seed for the Division 1-AAAA playoffs. The Vikings, the No. 13 seed, are 4-7 but Summerville coach John McKissick says Spartanburg is better than its record indicates.
“You can’t let that fool you,” McKissick said. “They play in a tough conference with some of those teams that are tough year-in and year-out. I expect a battle.”
Four of Spartanburg’s losses have been to Region 2-AAAA opponents Gaffney (top seed) Byrnes (No. 5), Dorman (No.8), and Wade Hampton (No. 13 for Division 2-AAAA). Another was to Greenwood (No.3 for Division 2-AAAA), which finished as the state runner-up for its division last year.
“I’m impressed with Spartanburg,” McKissick said. “They like to run the ball, but they can throw it. They are also one of the bigger team’s we’ve played. They have a nose guard who is 320 pounds, an offensive tackle who is 288 and an offensive guard who is 267.”
Both schools have a strong football tradition. Spartanburg has won five state championships and produced several professional players as well as Hall of Fame coaches.
Summerville has won 12 football state championships and also sent numerous athletes to the NFL. Ten of those championships came under the watch of McKissick, who has more football coaching victories than anyone.
The Vikings had two players selected to participate in this year’s North-South All-Star game, offensive lineman Jemarkus Means and linebacker Simeon Byrd. Summerville will be represented in the all-star game by running back Jerod Tucker.
Summerville started to hit a stride once region action rolled around and played impressive football during its last two games.
“As we have gained experience our younger players have developed more confidence,” McKissick said. “Our defensive line has really picked it up and everyone is playing well right now.”
Against previously unbeaten Bluffton last week, junior Wave running back Davon Anderson exploded for 317 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
The Summerville defense only surrendered 57 rushing yards in the game and played tough when it counted most.
Summerville has won the turnover battle for its last three games, which is something it struggled to do early in the season.
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