Green Wave to tangle with Cougars

  • Friday, October 25, 2013

Roger Lee/Journal Scene Defensive back Daniel Smith has broken up 11 passes and recovered two fumbles for the Green Wave this season.

Summerville coach John McKissick isn’t looking past the Cougars.

The Green Wave (6-2, 2-0 in Region 8-AAAA) travels to Walterboro Friday to take on Colleton County (2-6, 0-2). Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

While the Cougars only have two wins this season, one over Cane Bay and another over Wando, the team has a lot of athletic talent. McKissick is warning his athletes not to underestimate the Cougars.

“Anybody can beat you if you aren’t prepared to play,” the coach said. “We need to play just as hard as we always do or we could struggle. We will have to make our tackles and we had better block because if we don’t they will tackle us for sure. Plus they like to use on-side kicks and go for it on fourth down. We had better be ready for anything.”

The Cougars lost very tight games to Woodland and West Ashley this season. Had things gone just a little different in those games, Colleton could be sitting at 4-4.

Second-year Cougar coach Chris Collins is a former Green Wave player and he seems to have Colleton County moving in the right direction. His staff includes a couple of former Fort Dorchester coaches. Fred Hamilton was named Colleton’s defensive coordinator after leaving the Fort for Walterboro.

Colleton County returned seven starters on offense this year including quarterback Ramon Hall and running back Tyler Williams. The team only returned three starters on defense, but it has a leader up front in returning nose guard Shamar Simmons as well as an anchor for its secondary with free safety Kelson Crosby returning.

The Cougars are coming off a 56-14 loss to Fort Dorchester.

“I’m worried about that,” McKissick said. “Fort Dorchester suffered a tough loss to us the week before and came out at Colleton County fired up. There’s a chance Colleton County will do the same thing this week.”

Summerville is out to notch its third consecutive victory and a lot of things are going the Green Wave’s way lately.

Summerville has outscored its opponents 226-113 this year. The team has outgained its opponents in total offense by 477 yards.

Summerville QB Sawyer Bridges has completed 95 passes for just more than 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns. Johnston McCurry leads the Green Wave receivers with 23 catches for 338 yards while both tight end Sean Smith and receiver Donnell Bryan have more than 200 receiving yards.

Senior tailback Jacerie Ponder is on track to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing mark this season. Meanwhile, Bridges and Chris Felder are starting to quietly rack up the rushing yards.

Bridges has 201 yards on 50 carries. Felder, who was moved to running back three games ago after starting the season as a tight end, is averaging 3.9 yards per carry.

The Green Wave defense has been tough the past five games. Summerville held Wando, West Ashley, Fort Dorchester and Beaufort to two scores or less. Stratford put up 28 points on the Wave three weeks ago, but the Summerville defense looked pretty good against one of the most explosive offenses in the state.

Summerville has recovered 10 fumbles this season and made eight interceptions. Linebacker Chad Wood and defensive back Daniel Smith both have a pair of fumble recoveries this season. Wood and defensive back Kevin Dickinson both have two interceptions on the season.

Linebacker Mac McCurry leads the Green Wave in tackles this season with 137, including 81 solos. Summerville has five other players who have more than 50 tackles on the year - Wood, Cody Soto, Kawuan Cox, Tean Becoate and Matt Powell.

Summerville has 22 sacks this year. With six sacks, Cox leads in the category.

Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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