Summerville hosts a one-loss team for its homecoming game Friday.
The Green Wave (5-2, 1-0 in Region 8-AAAA) will take on Beaufort (6-1, 1-0) at 7:30 p.m. After struggling during the second half of last season, Beaufort is out to a blistering start this year with its only loss coming to Goose Creek. The Eagles opened region play last week with a 35-27 victory over Bluffton.
“They are the same old Beaufort team that has been so tough all these years,” Summerville coach John McKissick said. “We know what they are going to do, but the problem is they are good at it. They will use a split back, run isolation, traps and sweeps so we’ll have to be ready for it and expect them to scrap right until the end. They have a good quarterback and running back in Eric Blakely.”
Eagle QB Ben Vaigneur is a returning starter who threw for 838 yards and six touchdowns last year. He has a good target in tight end Stephen Baggett (6-5, 225) who has drawn a lot of college interest.
Blakely is one of the backs helping to fill the shoes of all-state athlete Jaclay Mixon, who graduated last year. Last week, Blakely carried 16 times for 122 rushing yards and three touchdowns including a 58-yard scamper into the end zone.
Led by three seniors returning to the linebacker corps, the Eagle defense has got the job done this season. It held Wando to 14 points in Week 1 and then shutout Aiken and Groves High of Georgia. However, the defense hasn’t had as much success in the last few weeks.
Summerville is coming off a 24-7 win over rival Fort Dorchester.
“I hope we play well and don’t have a let down after that big win last week,” McKissick said. “We are still getting too many penalties so we have to cut those down.”
The Green Wave has been strong through the air this season but last week it came out with a ground attack that was impressive. Senior Jacerie Ponder carried 23 times for 195 rushing yards and two TDs. Sophomore Chris Felder was recently moved from tight end to running back and he carried 13 times for 37 yards.
The Summerville defense has been a strength all season and was again against the Patriots. The Wave made three goal-line stands and forced four turnovers last week.
“We work on pursuit a lot with our defense,” McKissick said.
“The more people you can get to the ball, the better off you will be and we teach them that if they are that second man there to try to knock the ball loose.”
Linebacker Mac McCurry has 118 tackles on the year, including 72 unassisted. He also leads the team in QB hurries with 11. Kawuan Cox has six sacks and nine hurries while both Chad Wood and Matt Powell have three sacks and multiple hurries.
Tean Becoate, Cody Soto, Daniel Smith, Cox, Wood and Powell all have more than 40 tackles on the season.
Against the Patriots, Becoate deflected a pass that was then intercepted by Kevin Dickinson. The other turnovers in the game were fumble recoveries by Wood and Soto and an interception by Joshua Orr.
In its last four games, Summerville has only surrendered an average of 15 points per game.
The Wave scored an average of 30 points per game during that period.
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