Lessons learned should pay off for Green Wave next season
The 2012 Summerville High School football season is one the Green Wave had to salvage at the end, but there are some positives fans can take away from it.
After a slower than normal start, the Wave swept its region to claim a No. 1 playoff bid. The celebration didn’t last long as Spartanburg upset Summerville in the opening round of the playoffs. Still, the Wave finished with a winning record and some lessons learned.
“We had a lot of young players,” Summerville coach John McKissick said. “But when you have a good program, you don’t use that as an excuse. We finished at 7-5, which is not what we want because last year we finished at 8-5. Still, we made a lot of progress during the season.”
Turnovers, penalties and other mistakes plagued the Wave early in the year and in the playoffs.
“We lost our first game and our last game because of turnovers and penalties,” McKissick said. “We started playing pretty good against Wando, but then penalties and a high snap were costly. We bounced back against West Ashley, but then we couldn’t stop the pass against Stratford. After that, we picked ourselves up and did well right up until the playoffs. However, the Spartanburg quarterback had an outstanding game and they played better than they did in any of the games we saw on film. They played well and capitalized on our mistakes.”
The Wave could end up with an 8-4 record for the season after all if their game against Goose Creek was one during which the Gators dressed out an ineligible player, but no official word has come down on that matter as of press time.
More significant to Summerville is the amount of experience the Wave’s largely young team received in 2012.
“We will have a lot of key players back next year,” McKissick said. “Our quarterback was a freshman this year and he did a good job. David Coccoli did a good job as a backup and our JV quarterback and he will return next year. Darin Smalls is one of the better defensive players in the state and will return. We will also return one of the best running backs we have ever had in Davon Anderson and a good kicker in David Kennedy. There are players graduating who we will miss, but I’m right excited about the group that will be back.”
Summerville rushed for more than 2,700 yards and 31 TDs in 2012. Anderson, a junior, led the way rushing for approximately 1,300 yards and 15 TDs.
Wave QB Sawyer Bridges passed for approximately 1,350 yards and seven TDs. Summerville will lose its leading receivers, but Johnston McCurry and William Luck will return at the position after seeing time in the position this year. The Wave will also return several experienced linemen next season.
Smalls will return to anchor the defense and will have experienced players with him in the secondary in Jacerie Ponder and Kevin Dickinson.
Summerville loses some talented linebackers, but also returns some talented linebackers. Among those returning are the team’s leading tackler, Mac McCurry, and T.J. Hopkins. Key players returning up front on defense include Matt Powell and Kawuan Cox, who combined were in on approximately 200 tackles.
McKissick says one of the things the team needs to improve on is its pass protection.
“We were a little weak in the secondary, but that is partly because at times we didn’t get enough pressure on the quarterback,” he said. “If we can improve our pass rush I think with the experience we will have in the secondary we will be pretty good on that side of the ball.”