The Green Wave football team, on Friday, opened practice for its 2014 season.
Summerville doesn’t have as many holes to fill as compared to past seasons, so expectations for this year’s team are high.
On the offensive side of the ball, Summerville returns its quarterback and multiple linemen with experience. However, the team has to replace key players at the running back, receiver and tight end positions.
The Green Wave returns a strong core of defensive linemen as well as some key linebackers and defensive backs. However, some difference makers in the back of the defense graduated so there is work to be done on that side of the ball.
Summerville also has to replace last year’s MVP, kicker/punter David Kennedy.
Players put on full pads for the first time Thursday and will be tested in game-type activities soon after.
Fans will have a few opportunities to see how things are shaping up prior to the start of the season as Summerville travels to Orangeburg-Wilkinson for a scrimmage Aug. 8 and then will host two scrimmages.
The Green Wave will host Manning the morning of Aug. 12 and Beaufort the morning of Aug. 15. Kickoff for both events is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. but may vary depending on the weather and travel time for the visiting teams.
On Aug. 21, the Green Wave “second team” will participate in the Sertoma Football Classic. The next day, Summerville officially opens its season as its “first team” takes on Providence High School in Charlotte.
Summerville’s home opener is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 when the Green Wave hosts Berkeley.