Green Wave football team should carry momentum into next season
The Green Wave football team fell just short of participating in Championship Saturday but the 2013 season holds promise for Summerville fans.
The Green Wave finishes the season at 11-3 after falling 28-27 to Sumter in the semi-finals of the state playoffs.
“Well 11-3 is not bad but we let a couple of games get away from us,” Summerville coach John McKissick said. “We let Stratford come from three touchdowns behind to beat us and we were up on Sumter twice but we let them come back. Still the kids worked hard this year and played hard so I’m proud of them.”
The only other loss came to Goose Creek.
Summerville’s success can be attributed to a balanced offense that threw for 2,608 yards and rushed for 2,248 yards and a tough defense that had a knack for creating turnovers.
The Green Wave scored 436 points this season while surrendering only 258 points.
Sophomore quarterback Sawyer Bridges completed 148 pass attempts to account for all of Summerville’s yards through the air and 21 touchdowns. Johnston McCurry led all Wave receivers with 39 receptions for 653 yards and seven TDs. Tight end Sean Smith had 44 catches for 443 yards and three TDs. Donnell Bryan had 27 catches for 448 yards and five TDs and William Luck had 19 receptions for 339 yards and two TDs.
Senior Jacerie Ponder led the Wave rushers with 158 carries for 870 rushing yards and nine TDs. Sophomore Chris Felder had 151 carries for 766 yards and 11 TDs.
Summerville lost the penalty battle this season, drawing 116 yellow flags to its opponents’ 80. But Summerville won the turnover battle 25-19. That includes 13 interceptions made by the Wave.
Junior linebacker Mac McCurry finishes as the team’s leading tackler with 245 tackles this season, including 144 unassisted and two sacks. He hurried the QB 17 times. Also among the team’s tackle leaders were Cody Soto (138 tackles), Chad Wood (131), Matt Powell (99), Kawuan Cox (95), Darrell Smalls (86), Daniel Smith (83), Kevin Dickinson (80), Tean Becoate (75) and Joshua Orr (62).
Cox finishes the season with 14 sacks and 23 QB hurries to lead in both categories. Dickinson led the team in interceptions with four and blocks with 15.
Senior kicker David Kennedy hit 50 of 52 PAT kicks and 15 of 19 field goal attempts, including a 45-yarder. He averaged 39.1 yards per punt with a long kick of 59 yards.
Summerville lost its primary kick returner and defensive back when senior Darin Smalls suffered a season-ending injury early in the year. His return yards in the three games he did play show how valuable he could have been.
The senior had 197 return yards, which is more than all the other returners combined managed all season. He also returned two kicks for touchdowns while none of his teammates managed to score on a return.
It will be a challenge for Summerville to replace the seniors who will graduate in the Spring, but the Wave does have a solid core of players who should return next season.
“We will have all our starters on the offensive line back except one and our quarterback returning,” McKissick said. “Ponder graduates but we have a good group of running backs who can get the job done. It’s hard to replace a receiver as gutsy as Johnston McCurry, but we do have some promising receivers coming up through the program. On defense, sprucing up our secondary will be our biggest challenge.”
Improving time of possession is something else the coach believes will be key for his team next season.
“Our position coaches are doing a great job but we need to hold onto the ball longer and get first downs,” McKissick said.