Kennedy hits game winner for Green Wave
The Green Wave football team is only a win away from playing in the Division 1-AAAA state championship game after earning a 29-28 victory over Boiling Springs Friday.
Summerville (11-2) will host Sumter, a 31-28 winner over Hillcrest, for the third round of the state playoffs Nov. 29 with a berth to the Big 16 championship game on the line. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Green Wave kicker David Kennedy hit three field goals against Boiling Springs (8-5), including a 35-yarder with no time remaining on the game clock, to lift Summerville to the third round for the first time since 2007.
Summerville trailed 28-26 entering the fourth quarter, but the Green Wave defense held the Bulldogs to only 13 yards in the fourth quarter.
The game-winning drive began at Summerville’s 32-yard line with 3:15 remaining. Key plays on the drive included three runs by Chris Felder, a 13-yard pass from Sawyer Bridges to tight end Sean Smith and a 15-yard run by Bridges.
“When we got the ball back I told Sawyer to just get the ball down the field and I’ll put it through the uprights,” said Kennedy, a senior who has been selected to play in the North-South All-star game. “They did their job and I did mine. It wouldn’t have been possible without those guys. We are alive for another week. We get to practice over Thanksgiving and we’re looking forward to it.”
Boiling Springs has scored 40 or more points in nine of its games this season so holding the Bulldogs to under 30 points was an accomplishment for the Green Wave defense. The Bulldogs passing attack lived up to its reputation, but the Summerville secondary made some big plays and the Green Wave put a lot of pressure on the Bulldogs’ quarterback.
Defensive back Jamal Lucas intercepted a Boiling Springs’ pass that led to a Summerville TD and lineman Kawuan Cox had four sacks on the night.
“I came in here tonight thinking quarterback, quarterback,” Cox said. “I knew if we could shut their quarterback down they couldn’t run their offense so I just went at him as hard as I could. Now we need to take things step by step and continue playing hard.”
Boiling Springs marched up field on its opening possession to score on a 25-yard pass from Daniel Thompson to receiver Mason Sanders (6-6, 210), who will also play in the North-South All-star game.
Summerville answered with a 19-yard field goal from Kennedy and Lucas picked off a Bulldog pass to end Boiling Springs’ next drive. The Green Wave then marched 60 yards to score on a 1-yard run by Bridges to take a 10-7 lead.
The Bulldogs completed TD passes to Jason Hill and Sanders on their next two possessions to take a 21-10 lead, but Summerville finished the half strong.
Bridges connected with Donnell Bryan with a short pass and the senior receiver broke a tackle and dashed into the end zone for a 73-yard TD. Then Kennedy hit a 26-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter to cut Boiling Spring’s lead to 1.
In the third quarter, the teams swapped TDs with Reed scoring on a 7-yard pass and Felder scoring on a 19-yard pass.
Bridges finished with more than 200 passing yards. Johnston McCurry had six catches for approximately 100 receiving yards.
Summerville coach John McKissick praised the Bulldogs for their effort.
“Boiling Springs has a class bunch,” he said. “They are about as nice of a group as we have played and I feel lucky to have won. We played real hard against a good team.”
Boiling Springs 7 14 7 0–28
Summerville 3 17 6 3–29
B – Mason Sanders 25 pass from Daniel Thompson (Jordan Rivers kick)
S – David Kennedy 19 field goal
S – Sawyer Bridges 1 run (Kennedy kick)
B – Jason Hill 8 pass from Thompson (Rivers kick)
B – Collin Reed 3 pass from Thompson (Rivers kick)
S – Donnell Bryan 73 pass from Bridges (Kennedy kick)
S – Kennedy 26 field goal
B – Reed 7 pass from Thompson (Rivers kick)
S – Chris Felder 19 pass from Bridges (Pass failed)
S – Kennedy 35 field goal