Down by three points with less than four minutes left to play, Summerville needed a scoring drive and delivered.
Summerville (7-3) handed Lugoff-Elgin (4-7) a 14-10 loss in the opening round of the Class AAAAA playoffs. The Green Wave advances to play at Goose Creek (8-2) Nov. 15 in the second round.
“We moved the ball pretty well all night,” Summerville coach Joe Call said. “Yeah there were times we got stoned and they did play great defense, but we just had some silly turnovers and penalties. We lost the penalty battle and we lost the turnover battle, but we still found a way to win the game. I’m proud of the way we found that offensive drive right at the end.”
After the Demons took their only lead of the night on a field goal from inside the Green Wave 15-yard line with 3:54 remaining in the fourth quarter, Summerville answered with a 72-yard, game-winning drive. Key plays on the drive included a 26-yard pass from Colby Shirey to Kamari Nix and a 20-yard scramble by Shirey.
Senior running back Antonio Robertson rushed for 30 yards on the drive and capped it with a 1-yard dive into the end zone for the 14-10 lead after Brayden Gregory’s extra-point kick. The scores came with only 21 seconds remaining.
“I wanted them to keep giving me the ball,” Robertson said. “It is my senior year and this is my last time on this field so that meant the world to me. We ran into some adversity tonight, but when that happens you just have to keep going.”
Summerville drove 94 yards for the only score of the first half. Brody Hopkins caught a pass from Shirey, broke a tackle and turned on the jets for a 65-yard TD catch.
After that the Green Wave defense made two big stops to take the lead into halftime. Lugoff-Elgin moved the ball, but the Summerville defense stepped up in the Red Zone. The Demons were held to a field goal attempt that they missed on their next drive and Summerville linebacker Roan Shawver picked off a pass in the Summerville end zone to end Lugoff-Elgin’s final possession of the second quarter.
The Demons finally scored early in the final quarter. Quarterback Will Morris connected with Josh Gary on a 30-yard TD pass. Lugoff-Elgin tied the game with the extra-point kick.
The Demons recovered two Summerville fumbles, including one at the Lugoff-Elgin 2, and intercepted a Summerville pass. The Green Wave forced two turnovers, Shawver’s interception and a pick by Jaden James inside the Red Zone.
Hopkins finished with five receptions for 116 yards. He also averaged 38 yards per punt and had more than 50 kick return/rushing yards. Shirey completed 10 of 14 pass attempts for 148 yards and rushed for 34 yards. K.J. Rollins led the Wave rushers with 50 yards on the ground.
In the next round, Summerville faces a team that has built up considerable momentum over the past few weeks. Goose Creek is riding a six-game winning streak while Summerville has won four of its last five games.
Goose Creek advances with a 48-27 win over South Florence. The Gators fell to Ashley Ridge and Fort Dorchester this season, but swept Region 7-AAAAA to claim a region title and No. 1 seed for the playoffs.
The teams haven’t played this year because their contest that was scheduled for Sept. 6 was cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian’s impact on the Lowcountry.
“That rivalry goes way back and even when I was a kid it was a battle so we hated to lose that game,” Call said. “Coach (Jason) Winstead is doing such a great job getting those guys back on the map and they are rolling right now. I think they are the hottest team in the state right now. I know they want a piece of us and they are playing well so we have a big challenge in front of us. They have a lot of weapons.”