Summerville uses big plays to defeat Berkeley, 43-20
MONCKS CORNER — Summerville’s Sawyer Bridges continues to develop as a quarterback, and the Green Wave continues to come up with big plays.
Summerville ventured into Berkeley’s Bonner Stadium for its annual clash of football titans and proved to be too much with a 43-20 victory over the Stags in front of about 4,000 fans.
The Green Wave gave up a 55-yard touchdown run when Joseph Dress scored on a keeper to give Berkeley a 7-6 lead in the first quarter. After that, Summerville dominated with big plays. The Green Wave had three plays go for 208 yards and three scores.
Darin Smalls, who has committed to South Carolina, had a 77-yard TD catch and a 76-yard punt return for a score. David Coccoli ripped off a 55-yard TD late in the game.
“We had three big plays and that was the difference,” Summerville coach John McKissick said. “They moved the ball up and down the field at will. Our big plays were the difference. It’s as simple as that.”
Summerville upped its record to 2-0 and gave McKissick his 604th career victory. Berkeley fell to 0-2, and continues to feel the wrath of green and gold. Summerville is 8-0 in games between the two rivals since 2004.
“I am proud of the kids,” Berkeley coach Jeff Cruce said. “They played hard. We gave up some big plays, but we have the makings of a good football team.”
Bridges, a sophomore who has already committed to Clemson in baseball, accounted for three touchdowns.
He threw a 17-yard pass to tight end Sean Smith for the first score of the game. Then Bridges marched the Green Wave to three scores in six minutes and 21 seconds.
He had a big run and pass to set us Jacerie Ponder’s 8-yard TD run with 11:01 left in the half. He hit a wide-open Smalls for a catch-and-run that went for 76 yards with 8:20 left in the half.
Bridges made it 26-7 with a two-yard TD run with 4:39 left in the half. Berkeley’s Joshua Simmons intercepted a pass and returned it 50 yards, deep into Green Wave territory. But the Stags managed only a Vance Bailey field goal in the final seconds of the half.
Berkeley’s Simmons cut the lead to 26-17 with a 12-yard TD run. But David Kennedy kicked a 44-yard field goal and Smalls returned a punt 76 yards for a score to give the Green Wave a 19-point cushion.
Summerville has a big test next week when Goose Creek travels to McKissick Field in a battle of unbeaten teams. The Gators have won 28 straight games on the field.
“I might not show up,” McKissick said with a laugh. “I tell you what, Goose Creek is a good football team. We will have to play better.’ ”
Summerville 6 20 0 17—43
Berkeley 7 3 7 3—20
S — Sean Smith 17 pass from Sawyer Bridges (run failed)
B — Joseph Dress 55 run (Vance Bailey kick)
S — Jacerie Ponder 8 run (pass failed)
S — Darin Smalls 77 pass from Bridges (David Kennedy kick)
S — Bridges 2 run (Kennedy kick)
B — Bailey 22 FG
B — Joshua Simmons 12 run (Kennedy kick)
S — Kennedy 44 FG
S — Smalls 76 punt return (Kennedy kick)
Berkeley — Bailey 31 FG
S — David Coccoli 55 run (Kennedy kick)