Summerville blasts Berkeley to bounce back from loss
The Summerville Green Wave scored its first victory of the season with a 36-12 decision over Berkeley on a humid Friday night in front of about 5,500 football fans at McKissick Field.
Berkeley, meanwhile, finally scored for the first time this season after seven scoreless quarters.
Summerville struggled on offense a week ago in its season-opening 10-3 loss to Cane Bay. But the Green Wave scored 16 points in the first quarter Friday night and never looked back.
The victory gave Summerville coach John McKissick a 43-14-2 record against the Stags. It also gave him 595 career wins, the most for any football coach at any level.
“This was important,” McKissick said. “It was real important. I didn't want to say much earlier in the week, but we needed this with Goose Creek on the schedule next week. The kids worked hard for this one. I don't want to say they deserved it, but they deserved it.”
Summerville outgained Berkeley, 340-101, in total yardage. The Stags (0-2) had negative yardage in the first half and had most of their yardage in the final quarter after Summerville built a 36-0 lead.
Junior running back Davon Anderson paced the Green Wave. Anderson, who is a state track champion in the 110-meter high hurdles and the 200-meter dash, rushed for 122 yards last week and followed it up with 106 yards and two touchdowns against the Stags. Anderson capped a 72-yard drive with a 2-yard run on the Green Wave's first possession. He also scored on an 8-yard run later in the quarter.
“He's got a lot of speed,” McKissick said of Anderson. “He's got deceptive speed. He breaks on the ball and he's gone.”
Kicker Parker Cleveland accounted for all of the Green Wave's scoring in the second quarter with field goals of 32 and 33 yards.
Freshman quarterback Sawyer Bridges showed improvement in his second start with two touchdown passes. He completed 9 of 12 passes for 119 yards. Bridges is the first freshman to start at quarterback for the Green Wave since Joe Call in 1994.
Bridges threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Parker with 5:16 left in the third quarter to make it 29-0. He completed a 48-yard screen pass to Jarod Tucker for another score with 1:47 left in the third quarter to push the lead to 36-0.
“As a freshman, he's about as calm as I've seen,” McKissick said. “He doesn't get rattled. If he makes a bad play, he comes right back with a good one.”
Berkeley has been outscored 56-12 in two games and faces another tough test Friday against Cane Bay.
The Stags' first score came on a short drive after a Summerville fumble midway through the fourth quarter. On fourth-and-goal, quarterback Connor Teague scored on a 3-yard run with 8:14 left to cap a 23-yard drive.
Joshua Sellars scored on a 10-yard run with 4:12 to close out the scoring.
“So many mistakes,” Cruce said. “It's very disappointing. I apologize to the Berkeley fans. This isn't good football. The good news is that we scored. But that was because of coach McKissick's gracious heart.”
Berkeley 0 0 0 12 —12
Summerville 16 6 14 0 —36
S — Davon Anderson 2 run (Parker Cleveland kick)
S — Berkeley ball carrier tackled in endzone
S — Anderson 8 run (Cleveland kick)
S — Cleveland 32 FG
S — Cleveland 33 FG
S — Kendall Parker 29 pass from Sawyer Bridges (Cleveland kick)
S — Jarod Tucker 48 pass from Bridges (Cleveland kick)
B — Connor Teague 3 run (pass failed)
B — Joshua Sellars 10 run (pass failed)