Tuesday, August 27, 2013
In the series debut between the teams Cane Bay got the best of Summerville but the Cobras will face a more experienced Green Wave team in the rematch.
Summerville hosts Cane Bay at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for the second-ever meeting between the squads. The game will be televised locally on myTVCharleston.
When Cane Bay made the jump to Class AAAA last year many fans didn’t think the Cobras would stand a chance in their 2012 season opener against the storied Summerville program. Cane Bay stunned those fans by earning a 10-3 victory.
This year, Summerville has the home-turf advantage and seems to have fewer concerns as it enters the season.
“I think we are pretty strong,” Summerville senior Darin Smalls said. “As a team we look way better now than we did at the start of last season so hopefully that will make a difference.”
Smalls is one of 10 starters returning to Summerville, which has a total of 17 lettermen back from last year’s campaign. A three-year starter in the Wave secondary who has verbally committed to USC, he is someone other teams have to plan for.
Smalls was set to be one of three returning starters to the secondary, but senior Jacerie Ponder was moved to running back this summer leaving just Smalls and fellow senior Kevin Dickinson to provide leadership to the defensive backs. However, the Wave’s last line of defense should still be strong.
“We had a defensive back transfer in and one of our running backs switched to DB and both of them are fitting in well with our group,” Smalls said. “We should be able to hold things down.”
Senior Tean Becoate transferred from the New York area and senior Daniel Smith has switched positions after serving as a backup running back for the Wave last season.
With linebacker Mac McCurry and linemen Matt Powell and Kawuan Cox also back, things seem very promising for the Wave defense.
Last year’s game at Cane Bay marked the first varsity start for then freshman quarterback Sawyer Bridges. He returns a much more experienced player and has a good supporting cast. Receiver William Luck, tight end Sean Smith and linemen Jonathan James and Zack Bailey helped Bridges fight through a challenging start last year so on that side of the ball Summerville has good chemistry this season.
Of course, Cane Bay also returns some good athletes.
On offense, the Cobras will rely heavily on QB Devin Kilgore and running back Ramonte Frasier. They are the top two players coming back on that side of the ball. Kilgore has good mobility and a strong arm and figures to makes some stellar plays.
“I think he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the Lowcountry,” Cane Bay coach Russell Zehr said. “… His mechanics have gotten better. His strength has gotten better. His mind has gotten better. The biggest thing for him is just getting comfortable back there with the new offense. “
The Cobras return leading tackler Matt Rudy to anchor the defense.
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