Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The Green Wave got down to business early and limited the Swamp Foxes' shots at the end zone Friday to earn coach John McKissick his 600th coaching victory.
Summerville High School earned a 37-21 victory over crosstown rival Ashley Ridge in front of a large crowd at The Swamp. With the victory, McKissick became the first football coach at any level to reach the 600-wins benchmark.
“The kids have worked real hard so they can take pride in this,” McKissick said. “Ashley Ridge has four skill players as good as anyone we have played in Romelo Doctor, Vernon Moree, Jacob Thompson and Mikey Goodwine. I'm glad they are seniors and I'm glad we got the win. We gave up a couple of big plays but other than that we played pretty good defense. Ashley Ridge does a good job coaching so I'm proud of our coaches on both sides of the ball.”
Two people accounted for most of the points.
Coming off an injury that kept him out for several weeks, junior Green Wave running back Davon Anderson carried 29 times for 171 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Shrine Bowl bound senior Romelo Doctor rushed for approximately 100 yards and scored all three Swamp Fox TDs.
Both teams got off to a slow start this season, but have shown promise the last few weeks. Summerville improved to 6-4 with a 4-0 mark in Region 8-AAAA with the win and will now play Bluffton (10-0, 4-0) next week for the region championship. Ashley Ridge fell to 3-7, 2-2 and will play Fort Dorchester in a Thursday night game.
The Swamp Foxes forced the Wave to punt on its first possession of the game, but then fumbled the punt reception. Summerville fell on the ball at the Ashley Ridge 36-yard line.
It looked like the AR defense was going to hold again, but Summerville quarterback Sawyer Bridge broke free for a 25-yard run to set up a first and goal. Two plays later, Anderson found the end zone from 2 yards out for his first score.
Bridges finished with 42 rushing yards and completed 9 of 13 pass attempts for 128 yards.
Summerville added a 29-yard field goal to take a 10-0 lead into the second quarter.
Early in the next quarter, Summerville capped an 80-yard drive with Anderson's second TD run of the night.
The teams exchanged punts and then the Swamp Fox offense finally got some spark. Ashley Ridge opened a drive at its own 9, but quickly gave itself some breathing room with a 7-yard pass from Jacob Thompson, who finished with more than 100 passing yards, to Donavon Thompson. The Foxes had some carries for a gain and then the Thompsons connected again for a 43-yard reception.
Doctor then went to work and eventually scored on a run from 5 yards out with 40 seconds remaining in the first half.
Summerville put the kickoff for the third quarter into the end zone, but Ashley Ridge didn't need long to cover the 80 yards to score. Jacob Thompson took a handoff for a reverse pass but everything downfield was covered so he scrambled for a 64-yard gain to the Summerville 16. Doctor capitalized on the big play a few snaps later with a 7-yard TD run that cut the lead to 3 with Cameron Smith's PAT kick.
That was as close as the Foxes would get.
Summerville answered with a 65-yard drive capped by a TD run by Anderson from 3 yards out. After forcing yet another AR punt, the Wave drove 84 yards and scored on a 1-yard dive into the end zone by Jerod Tucker.
Tyrone Hayes set up the score with a 30-yard catch and run for a first and goal at the three. Tucker also played a major role in sustaining the drive when on fourth and goal he gained enough to give Summerville a fresh set of downs by the nose of the football. The score put Summerville up 31-14 in the final two seconds of the third quarter.
Donovan Thompson made another key reception in the fourth quarter for a 34-yard gain. That and a 35-yard reception by Moree helped set up Doctor's third TD run of the evening, which came from 10 yards out halfway through the fourth.
The Foxes attempted an onside kick, but Summerville's Kyle Keeney fell on the ball at the 48. Summerville then ran out the majority of the clock with a 52-yard drive capped by a 3-yard TD run by Anderson.
Afterwards, Summerville's freshman QB said it felt good to finally pick up the team's sixth win of the season.
“We tried to keep this out of our head all year until it got here,” Bridges said. “Coach kept telling us just to focus on the next game and when that was over just get to the next one. We were pretty amped coming into this game and we are happy we finally got it. Hopefully this is something we can build on.”