Friday, August 22, 2014
The Green Wave football team will open its season Friday in Charlotte.
Summerville faces Providence High School at 7 p.m. for a Week 0 game that will serve as the season opener for both teams.
“Providence looks impressive,” Summerville coach John McKissick said. “They have pretty good size and had a good season last year playing in a good league. I’d say their league is comparable to ours.”
The Panthers finished the 2013 season with an 8-5 record. The team scored 215 points and had a tendency to score a lot in the fourth quarter.
MaxPreps has Providence ranked 19th in the state of North Carolina. A Charlotte Observer preview article indicates the Panthers have the talent to have one of their best seasons and are a favorite to contend for the SoMeck 8 Conference championship.
Providence returns 16 starters and six all-conference players from last season.
Summerville is coming off an 11-3 season that saw the Green Wave advance to the semi-finals of the state playoffs. The Wave has 11 starters returning including several all-region athletes.
Summerville offensive lineman Zack Bailey is one of the top ranked athletes in the state in most rankings. The Wave also returns two other linemen on that side of the ball and quarterback Sawyer Bridges, a three-year starter behind center.
The Wave defense is also strong up front and has its leading tackler back, linebacker Mac McCurry. However, the Wave secondary is largely untested.
This preseason, Summerville coaches were sent scrambling to find a game after the former James Island coach announced Summerville was one of the Region 8-AAAA teams he refuses to play in the regular season. The James Island coach has since been replaced so there is a chance the Trojans, which moved from Class AAA to Class AAAA this season, will play Summerville in 2016.
Second-year Panthers head coach Justin Hardin and Summerville assistant coach Joe Call were teammates at The Citadel. Hardin and Call both took some of their athletes to the same passing camp one summer so Hardin is somewhat familiar with the Green Wave football program.