SUMMERVILLE — The Summerville Green Wave opened the 2013 football season Thursday night with a 28-0 victory over Cane Bay, avenging an upset loss to the Cobras in last year’s opener.
The story of the night was Summerville’s defensive unit, which did not allow a first down until midway through the third quarter and limited Cane Bay to only 90 total yards.
As good as his team looked, Summerville coach John McKissick saw plenty of room for improvement from his team.
“We had a lot of mistakes,” said McKissick, who earned his 603rd career victory. “We had some penalties, too many penalties.
“The defense was super but the offense was not as good as it ought to be. We didn’t move the ball as well as we would have liked to.”
Summerville scored on its first possession of the game when quarterback Sawyer Bridges hit Donnell Bryan with a short pass that Bryan turned into a 40-yard touchdown.
Bridges finished the night with 170 yards passing, completing 12 of 31 attempts.
“Sawyer was off a little bit with his passing,” said McKissick. “He is a better passer than he showed tonight. He’s a good quarterback, though. And, we dropped some balls that we should have caught.”
Summerville’s defense completely stifled Cane Bay throughout the first quarter, limiting the Cobras to seven consecutive three-and-outs in the first half. Summerville spent most of the first period in Cane Bay territory but had one drive end with an interception and another on a missed field goal.
South Carolina commitment Darin Smalls opened the second quarter with a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown, pushing Summerville’s lead to 14-0. Smalls later had an interception as well.
The Summerville offense had its best drive of the first half late in the second quarter, covering 55 yards on 10 plays with Jacerie Ponder’s three-yard run giving the Green Wave a 21-0 lead.
While the offense struggled to find a consistent rhythm, Summerville’s defense was dominant. Cane Bay managed only 17 net yards in the first half.
“We couldn’t block them,” Cane Bay coach Russell Zehr said of the Summerville defense. “They apply a lot of pressure and they are fast and physical. They’re a really good football team, and right now, we’re not. But we will keep working at it.”
Against a worn out Cane Bay defense, Summerville went 89 yards on nine plays with Ponder finishing the drive on a 25-yard run with 6:12 to play in the game. Ponder finished the night with 102 yards rushing.
Cane Bay 0 0 0 0 — 0
Summerville 7 14 0 7 — 28
SUM – Donnell Bryan 40 pass from Sawyer Bridges (David Kennedy kick)
SUM – Darin Smalls 55 punt return (Kennedy kick)
SUM – Jacerie Ponder 3 run (Kennedy kick)
SUM – Ponder 25 run (Kennedy kick)