The Green Wave football team has a much shorter road trip this week.
Summerville, which played its season opener in Charlotte last week, travels across town to Cane Bay Friday in search of its first victory in the Cobra Den.
“The last time we were there we came out on the wrong end of the score,” Summerville coach John McKissick said. “They beat a pretty good Colleton County team last week and they run a double wing option, which can be tough to defend. They’re not bad on defense either. After watching film on them, I think they are better than they were last year.”
The series between the teams is tied at 1-1. In their first meeting in 2012 Cane Bay stunned Summerville fans by earning a 10-3 victory over Summerville during the Cobras’ first game playing at the Class AAAA level.
Last year, the Green Wave avenged that loss by earning a 28-0 victory over the Cobras during a televised game at home. The loss was the first of 11 straight Cane Bay suffered last season.
However, the Cobras broke the losing streak last week with a 28-27 win over Colleton County. Cane Bay’s defense made some impressive stands in the game and provided a pair of scores.
Safety Tracy Gilliard returned an interception 40 yards for a score and cornerback Kevon Young returned one 22 yards for a TD.
The Cobras returned five starters on defense this season. The unit managed to put a lot of pressure on the Colleton County quarterback last week. The defense’s strengths are linebackers Matt Rudy, Paul Peart and Matt Davies, who are all seasoned players, and its secondary. Rudy is the team’s leading tackler.
Keenan Simpson led the Cobras offense last week with 134 rushing yards and a TD on 17 carries.
However, the Cobras have multiple weapons and like to rotate their offensive skills players in order to always have fresh legs and the potential to break big plays.
Up front, Cane Bay has a seasoned group of linemen to pave the way.
Summerville is coming off a 31-9 win over Providence, a well-respected North Carolina team.
The Green Wave tallied 376 offensive yards while holding Providence to 279 yards.
Junior quarterback Sawyer Bridges completed 11 of 16 pass attempts on the evening for 199 yards.
Summerville demonstrated it has multiple offensive weapons as running backs Quadray Poinsette, Chris Felder and Darrell Ford and receivers Krishaon Jackson and Cameron Burnette all had a big night.
Summerville too has an experience offensive line.
With senior ends Eric Henderson and Matt Powell leading the way, the Green Wave defense had four sacks last week and batted down seven passes.
Jamal Lucas, Mac McCurry and Joey Harris all had seven tackles.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.