Stag season at Memorial Stadium opens this week.
The Green Wave football team will host Berkeley for Summerville’s home opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Berkeley has good team speed, big linemen and multiple offensive weapons. The Stags are hungry for a win over Summerville so Green Wave coach John McKissick is expecting a battle.
“They have been our rival the whole time I’ve been here,” McKissick said. “They are going to play hard. They are 3A and we are 4A so they will play like the devil against us. If we expect to win, we need to play better than we played (last week).”
Summerville (2-0) is coming off a 15-13 win over Cane Bay, but the Wave was on the ropes at the Cobra Den before it rallied to secure the victory with a field goal and defensive stand in the fourth quarter.
Berkeley (1-1) is coming off a 38-21 loss to Stratford. Turnovers were costly in the game. The one that was hardest to swallow for Berkeley fans came in the third quarter when senior QB Joseph Dress was tripped on a 45-plus yard run and fumbled just before he scored. The ball rolled out of the end zone so instead of a Stags’ TD, Stratford took over at it’s own 20-yard line to set up a Knights’ scoring drive.
However, Berkeley did show potential during the game. Dress, a three-year starter, passed for 174 yards and rushed for 83.
The week before, Berkeley earned a 42-37 win over Class AA Johnsonville. Dress scored three times while Leon Simmons and D.J. Whitherspoon also scored. Other weapons in the Stags’ arsenal that Summerville will have to contend with include Jamal Bowman, Deion Williams and Keron Reid. Williams and Reid are receivers, but Berkeley also likes to give them touches out of the backfield.
The battle in the trenches Friday should be fun to watch since Summerville also has good size on its offensive and defensive lines.
Last week, the Wave moved the ball well in the first half, but Cane Bay handled Summerville’s attack for much of the second half and turned a fumble into a Cobra TD.
The Wave rushed for 160 yards and passed for 125 yards, but also had 10 penalties and lost two fumbles.
Quadray Poinsette carried 16 times for 79 rushing yards and Darrell Ford carried 13 times for 60 yards. David Coccoli and Krishaon Jackson combined for 105 receiving yards and a TD each.
The Summerville defense held Cane Bay to only 146 yards of offense, all of which came on the ground. Anthony Collins forced a fumble when he sacked the CB QB and recovered the fumble to set up Summerville’s first score. Late in the game, Jamal Lucas made an interception to help secure the Wave’s 15-13 advantage.
Mac McCurry led the Wave tacklers with 18 while Joey Harris had 13 and Codie Soto had 10. Summerville made seven tackles in the backfield.