McKissick is one win away
As originally published in the October 24, 2012 edition of the Summerville Journal Scene
Summerville High School football coach John McKissick is only a win shy of his 600th career victory after the Green Wave defense turned in a stellar performance Friday.
The Summerville defense set up one score and made another as the Green Wave defeated Colleton County 22-7. Summerville (5-4, 3-0 in Region 8-AAAA) only surrendered nine yards to Colleton County (0-8, 0-3) on the Cougars’ five first-half drives.
“We came out and got the job done,” linebacker Kyle Keeney said. “We didn’t give up any points until the fourth quarter so I’m really proud of my team.”
Summerville finished with 339 offensive yards on the night while holding Colleton to 123 yards.
Senior running back Jerod Tucker again fueled the Summerville attack, finishing with 201 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries and 52 receiving yards on a pair of catches.
The victory puts Summerville in a tie for the region’s top spot with Bluffton.
Freshman quarterback Sawyer Bridges surpassed a milestone of his own on Summerville’s first possession. The QB connected with senior Kendall Parker for a 10-yard reception that pushed Bridges over the 1,000-yard passing mark for the season. He completed 9 of 17 passes on the night for 103 yards and scored on a dive into the end zone in the fourth quarter.
The Wave’s longest drive of the night was its second, which spanned 71 yards. Tucker capped it by breaking through a pair of defenders and rushing 18 yards into the end zone.
The Cougars were moving the ball on their first possession of the second quarter, but a penalty and a tackle in the backfield by Summerville’s Latrell Walker nullified their efforts. Then Keeney intercepted a pass and returned it to the Colleton 8-yard line.
Summerville quickly capitalized on the turnover with a three-yard TD dive by Tucker that put the Wave up 13-0 with Parker Cleveland’s extra-point kick.
The Wave D held the Cougars to only 2 yards on Colleton’s ensuing possession to force a punt.
Summerville then drove 68 yards to the Colleton 1. However, the Cougars made a defensive stand to take over at their own half-yard line.
It was a short-lived victory for the Colleton though as Summerville’s Darin Smalls tackled a Cougar back in the end zone for a safety that gave the Wave a 15-0 lead entering halftime.
Summerville struggled moving the ball early in the second half.
“I told our guys all week this would be a tough game,” Summerville coach John McKissick said. “Colleton County always plays us tough but I’m glad we won.”
The Wave did manage to put Colleton’s back to the wall on junior Jacerie Ponder’s fumble recovery of a botched punt reception that returned possession to Summerville at the Cougar15.
The Wave turned the ball over on downs but forced Colleton to punt again and then took advantage of a short field, driving 18 yards to score on Bridges’ 2-yard run.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Cougars took advantage of a fumble recovery to put points on the board.
The turnover gave Colleton possession at the Summerville 36 and the Cougars scored in four plays. QB Tyler Williams completed three passes on the drive, including a 20-yard TD pass to Sean Koger.
Summerville had seven sacks in the game. Lineman Kwan Cox and linebacker Mac McCurry had two each and both finished with 13 tackles on the evening. Lineman LJ Clark finished with 10 and Keeney had nine.
The game turned a little chippy as Colleton drew 11 penalties that cost it 100 yards and Summerville drew seven at a cost of 70 yards.
McKissick will try to earn his 600th win Friday. The Green Wave is scheduled to take on the Swamp Foxes (3-6, 2-1) at Ashley Ridge High School beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Colleton County 0 0 0 7—7
Summerville 6 9 0 7—22
Summerville — Jerod Tucker 18 run (kick wide)
Summerville — Tucker 3 run (Parker Cleveland kick)
Summerville — Darin Smalls safety
Summerville — Sawyer Bridges 2 run (Cleveland kick)
Colleton County – Sean Koger 20 pass from Tyler Williams (Stewart Bailey kick)
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