Once Summerville settled in it was smooth sailing in North Carolina.
The Green Wave opened its football season with a 31-9 win over Providence High School Friday in Charlotte.
“We had a slow start but we were able to overcome it,” Summerville coach John McKissick said. “They have a well-coached team and they played hard the entire game so we are happy about the win. We did a lot of things well, but we need to get better on both offense and defense.”
Junior quarterback Sawyer Bridges scored on two short runs and connected with Krishaon Jackson on a 50-plus-yard touchdown pass to propel the Green Wave. Sophomore receiver Cameron Burnette had six receptions for 96 yards. Bridges completed 11 of 16 pass attempts on the evening for 199 yards.
The Green Wave running backs also made big contributions.
Darrell Ford returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. Quadray Poinsette carried 15 times for 77 yards and Chris Felder carried 14 times for 74 yards.
Summerville trailed, 6-0, early in the game but Ford gave the Green Wave a 7-6 lead with his kick return for a score. Providence took a 9-7 lead in the second quarter on a field goal but Summerville answered later in the quarter when Bridges’ pass to Jackson put the Wave up for good.
Edward DeLong kicked a 28-yard field goal just before halftime for a 16-9 Summerville lead.
“Our kicking game was pretty good,” McKissick said. “We averaged 39 yards per punt.”
Ben Stocker handled the punting for Summerville.
Bridges added two one-yard runs in the third quarter for the final margin.
Summerville’s defense was led by its senior ends. Eric Henderson had three sacks and Matt Powell had a sack and two deflections.
Jamal Lucas, Mac McCurry and Joey Harris all had seven tackles. Lucas made all of his without an assist.
Each team had one turnover as Bridges threw an interception and Providence lost a fumble. Between them, the teams only drew seven penalties.
On Aug. 29 Summerville will play at Cane Bay, a 28-27 winner over Colleton County in Week 0.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.