Summerville lost some very talented athletes from last year’s team but the Green Wave’s goal is to remain on top of its region.
After suffering through some exceptional Fort Dorchester seasons, last year Summerville reclaimed the championship for its region. The Green Wave finished with an 11-3 record after the team was eliminated from the playoffs with a loss to eventual state champion Dutch Fork in the Lower State championship game.
However, many of the stars from that Green Wave team are now playing college football.
“This is a different group, a young group, but they have come up through our program,” Summerville coach Joe Call said. “We do have some guys who haven’t played a lot so we will just have to see if they are ready to step up. When you lose dynamic players who score so much it changes things but we just need to develop this group of guys and get our offensive and defensive lines to jell together. If we can get those guys going up front then hopefully we can move the ball and play some good defense.”
The offensive line will be anchored by senior Adam McKanna (6-2, 250), a three-year starter who is drawing a lot of interest from college recruiters.
“He is a big, athletic lineman who can move and run,” Call said. “He understands what the expectations are for this team and is a good locker room guy. He will set the tone for an experienced group coming back. Hopefully those linemen will come together quickly since they are experienced and like to do things together.”
Other varsity lettermen returning to the offensive front include Jackson Campeau (6-0, 235), Matthew Dunn (6-0, 245), Neal Webb (5-9, 255) and Riley Lewis (6-4, 250).
Summerville returns two starters to the running back position. Last season K.J. Rollins and Derrion Larry combined for approximately 1,000 rushing yards.
Summerville graduated its starting quarterback and most of its starting receivers. However, senior Brody Hopkins does return after finishing last season as the Green Wave’s second leading receiver. Hopkins was also the team’s punter last season.
Several returning varsity lettermen are looking to become a bigger factor in the team’s passing attack this year. Perry Wilder, Kamari Nix, CJ Pohlman, Antonio Robertson, Zach Guido and Brett Borgardts are among the athletes back who are competing for playing time at the receiver position.
Sophomore Colby Shirey is the favorite to begin the season as Summerville’s starting quarterback. He will be pushed by juniors Ryan Traylor and Hayden Wilson.
“Colby came up through our B-team and JV program,” Call said. “He got to play a little bit in some varsity games last year so he has a little experience and he is savvy. He is also a baseball player and we think he will command the huddle but he needs experience like any other young quarterback. He has put in a lot of work and training during the offseason and he kind of knows what is coming.”
The Green Wave lost most of its defensive starters from last season.
“While we don’t have many defensive starters returning, we do have some guys who played some last year,” Call said.
Summerville should get strong leadership from defensive lineman Xavier Davis and linebacker Luke Taylor, two seniors who were both starters last season.
On the defensive front, the Green Wave will also have the services of seniors Tahjier Haynes (6-2, 225), Ricky DeNigro (5-11, 255) and Parker Fullajtar (5-10, 305), who are all returning lettermen. Senior linebackers Demitri Hamilton and Daniel Jackson are also returning varsity lettermen.
Senior defensive backs Jaden James, Daniel Reed and Tre’Von Maxwell bring varsity experience to the third tier of the Green Wave defense.
Summerville doesn’t lack experience in the kicking department. In addition to Hopkins, the Green Wave returns kickers Brayden Gregory and Garrett Heywood. They both saw action last season. Kickers new to the squad include Alex Hundemer, James LeCompte and Mason Baird.