Nearly 30 seniors played their final football game in a Green Wave uniform Nov. 18, but they will graduate knowing they left their mark.
Summerville coach Joe Call says those seniors should be proud of what they accomplished during their four-year run with the Green Wave JV and varsity teams. In fact, you would have to look back to the days his grandfather, John McKissick, was the coach to find a senior class that had such a good run.
This senior class had to step into a leadership role this year,” Call said. “They are really (among) the winningest senior classes we have had when you look at what they have done over their four years. Of course the group that graduated last year was also a big part of that, but this senior class won a lot of football games so that will be their legacy. They really helped set the tone for what we are building with this new staff that came in after my granddad.”
Call recently completed his fifth season as the Wave’s head coach. Last year was his most successful in terms of number of wins, but this year’s team was also very competitive.
Summerville finished this season with a 7-4 record after being eliminated from the state playoffs in the second round. Much of the credit for the recent success goes to the team’s four senior captains.
Lineman Adam McKanna, who has verbally committed to the University of Road Island Football program and has been selected to play in the Shrine Bowl, set the tone for the Wave offense. Receiver Brody Hopkins, who recently signed with the College of Charleston Baseball program and has been selected to play in the North/South All-star Game, was one of Summerville’s top weapons.
Lineman Zavier Davis anchored the Wave defense and had a solid season in the trenches. Linebacker Luke Taylor brought great enthusiasm and skill to the Wave’s second level of defense and finished the season among the team’s leading tacklers.
Many other seniors will also be missed. Running backs Derrion Larry and Antonio Robertson combined for more than 1,000 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns this season. Receiver Kamari Nix had four touchdown catches this season.
“Some of these guys are going on to play at the next level so it’s good to see them continue that trend,” Call said. “Since I’ve been here we’ve had 26 guys go on to play college football.”
Summerville again has some key positions to fill moving forward, but it stands to return several starters next season including a quarterback, long snapper, holder and kicker.
“Brayden Gregory is probably the best kicker in the 2021 Class,” Call said. “Our JV went undefeated this year so we have a lot of great players coming up. Jody Kafina and his staff did a great job with those guys.”