Pending any unforeseen obstacles, the Summerville Football team will host Stratford Sept. 13 for the Green Wave’s home opener.
Summerville was supposed to host Goose Creek last week for its home opener, but Hurricane Dorian forced Wave fans to wait another week to catch their team at home. Both Summerville and Stratford will enter the game with a 1-1 record.
Stratford finished at 4-7 last season, but that was an improvement for the Knights compared to the prior two seasons. Numbers are up for Stratford in their second season under the guidance of head coach Dennie McDaniel and that has led to better competition at multiple positions. Stratford is coming off a 41-20 victory over Stall, but suffered a 21-14 loss to Timberland in Week 0.
The Knights had some experienced players returning this season, especially in the skills positions.
While it didn’t return that many starters up front, Stratford isn’t without leadership in the trenches on both sides of the ball. The Knights have demonstrated they have good depth at receiver and can score both through the air and on the ground.
The team has passed for 350 yards this season while rushing for 268. Josh Davis completed 25 of 51 pass attempts during his first two games as the Knights’ starting quarterback. He has one touchdown pass and one interception.
Stratford has four receivers with multiple catches this season. Leading the way is Matthew Cudd with 10 grabs for 126 yards. Damarius Anderson has four grabs for 66 yards. Jaylin Hayward and David Washington also have four catches and Hayward has the receiving corps’ sole touchdown.
Jaedon Alston is leading the way for the Knights’ rushing attack with 20 carries for 163 yards and two TDs. Javion Taylor isn’t far behind with 12 carries for 96 yards and two TDs.
The Green Wave opened its 2019 season with a 51-26 win at Woodland but then fell 32-20 at Wando Aug. 30. During the loss, Summerville rushed for 180 yards and passed for 121, but the Wave defense yielded 253 passing yards.
Derrion Larry had a strong performance against the Warriors, rushing for 168 yards and three TDs on 20 carries. QB Colby Shirey completed 8 of 16 pass attempts, connecting with four different receivers in his second game as the Wave starter behind center. Perry Wilder had three receptions for 55 yards and Brody Hopkins had three grabs for 52 yards. However, Shirey was picked off once and the Wave turned the ball over on a fumble.
Turnovers were key during last season’s game between the two teams. In 2018, Summerville benefitted from four Stratford turnovers during a 56-17 win in Goose Creek.
Both schools have strong football tradition. According to scfootballhistory.com, Summerville leads the series 24-14.