Green Wave wins region opener with Patriots
Fort Dorchester outgained Summerville Friday but the Green Wave owned the Red Zone in a 24-7 victory over its cross-town rival.
The Patriots (4-3) scored on their first possession but the Green Wave (5-2) made three goal-line stands and forced four turnovers to keep the Fort off the scoreboard for the rest of the game, which was the Region 8-AAAA opener for both teams.
Fort Dorchester finished with 334 yards of total offense to Summerville’s 306 yards. However, senior tailback Jacerie Ponder carried the ball 23 times for 195 rushing yards and two Green Wave touchdowns.
“We let them drive the length of the field on us a couple of times but we stopped them when we had to,” Summerville coach John McKissick said. “Of course they helped us at times, but what counts is we got more points than they did. Fort Dorchester has a real good football team so I’m pleased with our players and pleased to get a win.”
After stopping Summerville on its first possession, Fort Dorchester mounted a 73-yard scoring drive. Patriot quarterback Kobe Garrett, who finished with more than 200 combined yards, had a 48-yard run to set up a first-and-goal and then tailback Nahshon Cyrus capped the drive with a 2-yard TD run.
Summerville responded with an 81-yard scoring drive. Sophomore running back Chris Felder had a pair of key runs on the drive and tight end Sean Smith made two receptions to help sustain it. Ponder, who sat out last week’s game at Stratford, capped the drive with a 36-yard TD run to tie the game.
Fort Dorchester began a drive late in the first quarter that carried into the second quarter and covered 95 yards. On a fourth-and-goal play from the Summerville 1-yard line, Summerville defensive back Daniel Smith tackled Garrett in the backfield to prevent the TD and return possession to the Green Wave.
Summerville then marched up field to score on a 45-yard field goal by David Kennedy.
The Patriots responded with a 79-yard drive to Summerville’s one-half yard line but Joshua Orr intercepted a pass in the end zone and Summerville took a 10-7 lead into the half.
The Patriots advanced all the way to the Summerville 4 on their first possession of the second half, but a turnover cost them the score. The Patriots gave fullback/defensive tackle Eurndraus Bryant a shot at the end zone but he fumbled and Summerville defensive back Chad Wood recovered and returned the ball 95 yards into the end zone for a 10-point Summerville lead once Kennedy sent the extra-point kick through the uprights.
“The ball slipped out of his hands so I picked it up and ran and ran and ran,” Wood said. “I’m not going to lie, I was tired there at the end but I had my teammates blocking for me so I was able to make it to the end zone.”
On Fort Dorchester’s next possession, linebacker Mac McCurry deflected a Garrett pass and defensive back Kevin Dickinson intercepted the ball to give the Green Wave a short field.
A few plays later, Ponder scored his second touchdown of the night on a 5-yard run. Kennedy added the PAT kick for a 24-7 margin only 4-minutes and 46 seconds into the third quarter. After a Summerville penalty on the ensuing kick off return, the Patriots had good field position. But before they could take advantage a fumble bounced off the turf and Summerville’s Codie Soto recovered.
“I don’t know what to say,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said. “We haven’t done that all year but we did it tonight. We ran up and down the field on them and thought we had a great game plan but during those five minutes everything that could go wrong went wrong. When you get down like that against a good ball club, it’s tough to recover.”
After the second fumble recovery, Summerville was able to play conservatively while Fort Dorchester had to take chances. The teams exchanged six punts before the Green Wave managed to hold onto the ball for the final 5:26 of the game by moving the ball on the ground.
Summerville 7 3 14 0-24
Fort Dorchester 7 0 0 0-7
F - Nahshon Cyrus 2 run (Riley Rozanski kick)
S - Jacerie Ponder 36 run (David Kennedy kick)
S - Kennedy 45 field goal
S - Chad Wood 95 fumble recovery (Kennedy kick)
S - Ponder 5 run (Kennedy kick)
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