Summerville opens its 2019 football schedule with a game that has historical significance.
The Green Wave begins its new campaign at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Woodland High School in St. George. Coaches said this is the first time the two schools have met on the gridiron for a regular season game.
“It’s great that we got this game scheduled with Woodland, a team right here in our own county,” Summerville coach Joe Call said. “Every year Ashley Ridge, Fort and Summerville play each other so it’s nice to include Woodland too and play another team that is right here. Players on these teams grew up together and know each other so it will be nice to go to Woodland. They have a good facility and Summerville has never played there and I like to do things we’ve never done. I’m hoping it’s a game we can make happen each year.”
Summerville has competed in the state’s largest classification since before the parents of athletes on this year’s team were themselves in high school while Woodland, currently a Class AA program, has always competed in one of the state’s smaller classifications. However, the Wolverines have had some highly talented athletes over the years and this year’s Woodland team includes players drawing considerable college interest.
“Woodland has a great team,” Call said. “They have one of the best teams they’ve ever had so it will be a tough game.”
Woodland wide receiver/defensive back Lavel Davis Jr. is one of the more heavily recruited athletes in the state. This season, Woodland has some other promising athletes it can use to discourage teams from doubling up their coverage on Davis. Woodland defensive back K’Ron Ferrell is also a hot college prospect. Davis is committed to the University of Virginia while Ferrell is committed to Appalachian State.
During Woodlands’ pair of quarter-long scrimmages during Friday’s Dorchester County Showdown jamboree, Wolverine quarterback Keyaun Johnson aired the ball out numerous times and had some success connecting with receivers so the team won’t likely shy away from taking to the air against the Green Wave.
However, Call likes what he’s seen from his team this preseason.
“Having 18 seniors graduate left us with a lot of new starters and new faces out on the field so we had to wonder how they were going to react, but they are pretty tough bunch of kids,” Call said after the jamboree. “They love to practice and love to compete. Against Ashley Ridge and Fort Dorchester they showed they aren’t going to back down from anybody. They are hungry and know the guys who came before them kind of set the expectations and they have a lot to live up to with Summerville Football.”
Summerville had some success running the football during the jamboree. Many fans knew the Wave would be deep at running back this year, but may have been a little surprised by the yards new Summerville QB Colby Shirey picked up with his legs at the Showdown.
Despite Summerville’s youth, Woodland is still the underdog in this match up. However, the Wolverines will likely be pumped up and an enthusiastic home-town crowd can go a long way.