Thursday, September 26, 2013
The Wildcats are hoping to put an exclamation mark on their winning streak.
Since opening in 2000, West Ashley has only defeated Summerville on the gridiron once. In 2011, West Ashley handed Summerville a 10-7 loss.
But the Wildcats are off to a 4-0 start this season, their best yet, and looking to double that win count Friday when they roll into Summerville to take on the Green Wave at 7:30 p.m.
“They are riding high and have a pretty good football team so we have our work cut out for us,” Summerville coach John McKissick said. “They have a good running game and their quarterback is tricky so we will have to be able to stop the run.”
After finishing the season at 1-10 last year, West Ashley opened the 2013 season by defeating two-time defending Class AA Bishop England 28-6 and James Island 23-17. Then the Wildcats beat Ashley Ridge 20-10 and Colleton County 35-28.
Wildcat quarterback Pedro Manigault is a returning starter with good athleticism. While he is most dangerous as a runner, he has also had success throwing the ball. Last week he connected with Anthony Vincelli for a 22-yard touchdown pass.
Tailback Marquize Jenkins rushed for three TDs in that game, all from outside the 10-yard line, and Bobby Ruff added a 33-yard TD run for West Ashley.
The Wildcat defense returned seven starters this season and up until last week hadn’t allowed many scores.
Summerville enters the game with a 3-1 record. The Wave notched wins over Cane Bay, Berkeley and Wando and fell to Goose Creek.
Summerville has generally moved the ball well, but its offense has sputtered at times. The Wave has outscored its opponents 124 points to 64 points this season.
Summerville has accumulated 1,310 yards of offense while limiting its opponents to 1,110 yards. So far, the team is losing the turnover and penalty battles.
Summerville’s defense has been fairly consistent.
“We played good defense last week,” McKissick said. “Mac McCurry made 15 tackles and Cody Soto had 12 and a sack. Lineman Matt Powell had two sacks and our nose guard had a real good game.”
Nose guard Eric Henderson and Seth Brown also had a sack and Summerville blocked five pass attempts. With Powell leading the way, the Wave made 10 other tackles for a loss.
“Dwayne Pierce and Eric Henderson are two linemen who didn’t play a lot for us last year who are really stepping up this season,” McKissick said.
Lineman Kawuan Cox was a force on special teams, blocking a punt and making a tackle in the end zone for a safety. In all, three special teams plays led to scores for Summerville.
The Wave D also limited one of the fastest running backs in the state to only 63 yards, though he only played for three quarters of the game.
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