Vikings eliminate Green Wave
Just when the Green Wave thought its turnover woes were behind it, they reared their ugly head.
Summerville dropped some games early in the season due in large part to turnovers and allowing its opponents to strike with big plays. Once the team entered region play that wasn’t much of a problem and the Green Wave went on a five-game winning streak to claim the Region 8-AAAA championship.
But Summerville (7-5) experienced déjà vu in the opening round of the Division 1-AAAA state football playoffs Friday as Spartanburg (5-7) handed it 43-34 loss.
After falling behind in the first two quarters, the thirteenth-seeded Vikings capitalized on two second-half fumbles by the fourth-seeded Green Wave to take an eight-point lead. Spartanburg then only allowed the Wave to find the end zone once in the final quarter.
The Vikings advance to face Byrnes in the second round next week while the season is over Summerville.
Wave running backs Davon Anderson and Jerod Tucker combined for just more than 250 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the first half to give the Wave a 21-9 lead at the break.
But the Vikings were impressive in the second half.
“We had a hard time stopping them,” Summerville coach John McKissick said. “It was just one of those things; they came down here and put a whipping on us. Both sides played hard, but they came out on top.”
The loss completes McKissick’s 61st season as the Green Wave coach, but he says he not ready to retire just yet.
“Right now I plan to come back,” McKissick said. “I need to get a win.”
Spartanburg quarterback Banks Wise completed 12 of 19 passing attempts in the game for 262 yards and a touchdown while the Vikings’ running backs picked up 242 rushing yards and four TDs. Jamie Bowe led the Viking rushers with 105 yards and two TDs.
“You have to take your hat off to Summerville because those kids are so fast and so explosive,” Spartanburg coach Freddie Brown said. “Summerville is a class program and McKissick is a class gentleman so it’s great to come here and win. We have played one of the toughest schedules in the state and it prepared us for this game. We have faced several state-championship caliber teams, but I feel that is also something we are. I’m proud of the way my kids played, but I’m also proud of the way Summerville played.”
Tucker finished with a pair of TDs on runs of 1 and 41 yards while Anderson scored on runs of 75 and 11 yards.
It was also a big game for defensive back Darin Smalls. On defense, he had several tackles and an interception. On offense, he had a 44-yard reception and that set up a TD. On special teams, he had a 60-yard punt return that set up a TD.
Freshman Green Wave QB Sawyer Bridges completed 6 of 13 pass attempts for just more than 100 yards and one TD.
Spartanburg 3 6 14 20–43
Summerville 7 14 7 6–34
Spart – Cameron Brown 34 field goal
Summ – Jerod Tucker 1 run (Parker Cleveland kick)
Summ – Tucker 41 run (Cleveland kick)
Spart – Jamie Bowe 1 run (kick failed)
Summ – Davon Anderson 75 run (Cleveland kick)
Spart – Deuntrelle Goudelock 69 pass from Banks Wise (Brown kick)
Summ – Johnston McCurry 32 catch from Sawyer Bridges (Cleveland kick)
Spart – Wise 1 run (Brown kick)
Spart – Wise 2 run (run failed)
Summ – Anderson 11 run (pass failed)
Spart – Bowe 15 run (Brown kick)