Tuesday, September 3, 2013
At times it wasn’t pretty, but in the end Summerville’s season opener was sweet for Green Wave fans.
Summerville avenged a loss in its 2012 season opener by handing Cane Bay a 28-0 loss Thursday. The Wave defense was impressive, but the team’s offense blew opportunities to put the game away earlier than it did.
Summerville coach John McKissick said his team made more mistakes than he is comfortable with, but a 28-point victory isn’t a bad way to start the season.
“We shut them out so I guess that is pretty good,” McKissick said. “I’m glad for the win and we will start trying to correct the mistakes tomorrow. Our defense was super, but our offense wasn’t as good as it ought to be.”
Cane Bay coach Russell Zehr was also pleased with his defense after the game.
“Nothing happened tonight that we didn’t know about,” Zehr said. “We knew we had areas we need to work on and Summerville was stronger than we were up front. We couldn’t block them. … Our defense played great. They had to be on the field ¾ of the game and they didn’t let up. We just didn’t move the ball.”
Summerville held the Cobras to 102 yards of offense. The Wave finished with 351 yards, most of which came off Sawyer Bridges’ 15 completed passes. On the Wave’s first possession, he connected with Pinewood Prep transfer Donnell Bryan for a 41-yard touchdown pass.
Summerville moved the ball some with its rushing game as well. Senior tailback Jacerie Ponder handled most of the groundwork, rushing for 108 yards and scoring on runs of 4 and 25 yards.
Summerville’s defense had several standouts. Lineman Matt Powell managed to pressure the Cobra quarterback all night and finished with eight tackles including several for a loss. Defensive back Kevin Dickerson broke up multiple passes and was in on six tackles. On the other side of the secondary, Darin Smalls was a force and even picked off a Cane Bay pass.
Smalls also returned a punt 55 yards into the end zone.
Summerville kicker David Kennedy had a major impact on the game, placing four kickoffs into the end zone. Cane Bay also started possessions at its own 20 after three of Kennedy’s punts.
Summerville’s first pair of scores came on drives of 56 and 55 yards, but those were the Wave’s only long drives of the first three quarters. Late in the fourth quarter the Wave drove 89 yards to score on a fatigued Cobra defense, Summerville’s only drive of more than 25 yards in the second half.
While Bridges threw for 171 yards, not all his passes were on target and Wave receivers dropped several catchable throws. Cane Bay’s Tracy Gilliard made two interceptions in the game.
Bryan finished with three receptions for 68 yards and Johnston McCurry had seven receptions for 59 yards.
Summerville also turned the ball over twice on fumbles.
The Cobras also wasted opportunities. Twice Cane Bay receivers who were wide open dropped the ball. Early in the fourth quarter, Cane Bay drove 55 yards to the Summerville 11. But Powell stopped Devin Kilgore in the backfield on second down and the Cobra quarterback left the game with an injury. Summerville held on the next two downs to end the threat.
Cane Bay 0 0 0 0 – 0
Summerville 7 14 0 7 – 28
SUM – Donnell Bryant 41 pass from Sawyer Bridges (David Kennedy kick)
SUM – Darin Smalls 55 punt return (Kennedy kick)
SUM – Jacerie Ponder 4 run (Kennedy kick)
SUM – Ponder 25 run (Kennedy kick)