Cane Bay’s first game as a Class AAAA entry proved to be monumental last fall.

Thursday Night Lights


Here is the schedule for Bojangle’s Thursday Night Lights on MyTV Charleston.

(All games start at 7:30 p.m.)

Aug. 29: Cane Bay at Summerville

Sept. 5: Baptist Hill at Burke

Sept. 12: Wando at Colleton County

Sept. 19: Military Magnet at Stall

Sept. 26: North Charleston at Bishop England

Oct. 3: Berkeley at James Island

Oct. 10: Augusta Christian at Porter-Gaud

Oct. 24: Beaufort at Ashley Ridge

Oct. 31: West Ashley at Goose Creek

Nov. 8: Fort Dorchester at Ashley Ridge

The Cobras stunned Summerville, one of the state’s most storied Class AAAA teams, in a 10-3 game to open the season.

But much has changed since last August. Cane Bay has traded in its power running game for a one-back attack that is designed to get the ball to running backs and receivers in space. Summerville running back Davon Anderson has moved to Ohio, and Green Wave sophomore quarterback Sawyer Bridges has a year of experience under his belt.

There is one big constant heading into Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. showdown in Summerville that kicks off the Bojangles Thursday Night Lights television game of the week (WMMP). Green Wave coach John McKissick begins his 62nd season as coach and is seeking his 603rd career victory.

Cane Bay coach Russell Zehr knows his team has a challenge when it steps onto McKissick Field.

“It’s a heck of a way to start the season,” Zehr said. “Summerville, from what I’ve seen and heard, is as good as it has been in a long time. Our offense is a work in progress. We’re still trying to get the timing down. We’re just waiting for our offense to catch up to the defense.”

Summerville received a blow when Anderson moved to Cleveland and enrolled at Glenville, one of the top football and track and field programs in Ohio. He rushed for 1,300 yards last season despite missing three games with a knee injury. McKissick has used a stable of backs. Darin Smalls, an all-state performer in the secondary, started in the Sertoma Classic last week.

“We’re not as explosive as we have been in past years,” said McKissick, who turns 87 years old next month. But we hope to get there. We’ve been working hard, but we’re not as good as we ought to be. Hopefully, we’ll get there.”

Bridges developed as the 2012 season progressed and finished with more than 1,000 yards passing.

“Sawyer has really turned out to be a good quarterback,” McKissick said. “If he has a bad play, he forgets about it and moves on. If he doesn’t do well on one play, he doesn’t dwell on it. You like that in a quarterback.”

Cane Bay opened last season with five wins in its first six games, but won only two more the rest of the way.

Summerville finished strong to win the Region 8-AAAA championship.