Summerville football team deals with loss of all-state player Darin Smalls
Summerville football coach John McKissick stated the obvious when asked about his team’s modest one-game losing streak heading into Friday night’s game at Wando.
“You never want to lose two games in a row, “ he said. “You never want to lose even one game.”
McKissick had to deal with two losses on the same night last week. Summerville lost a game (34-17 against Goose Creek) and one of its star players, Darin Smalls.
Smalls, a defensive back/wide receiver/return specialist who has committed to play at South Carolina, suffered a knee injury on a punt return against the Gators and will miss the rest of the season. McKissick said surgery will be performed when the swelling around Smalls’ knee goes down.
Before the season began, the Green Wave (2-1) lost another key playmaker when running back Davon Anderson moved to Cleveland.
“You can’t replace a player like Darin,” said McKissick, who goes after career victory No. 605 against Wando. “You have to pick up and keep going. There’s an old saying, ‘You can’t cry over spilled milk.’ But that’s the second all-state player from last year’s team that’s no longer with us.”
The Green Wave still has quarterback Sawyer Bridges and some outstanding receivers. The defense, led by Mac McCurry, Chad Wood and Darrell Smalls, has been solid.
The group takes on Wando (2-2), which is coming off a stunning 37-34 loss at Colleton County last week. Colleton County ended a 36-game losing streak with the upset.
“Colleton County is not a bad football team,” McKissick said. “I saw the game on television and they played well. You can’t take Wando lightly. They have the fastest tailback in the state (Kenny Waring), two talented quarterbacks (Dalton Stubbs and B. Hart) and a lineman (Nolan Kelleher) who has committed to play for the University of Florida. Their other running back (Trevor Pederson) is a threat to run or catch the ball.”
Waring, who was the state champ in the 100-meter dash his freshman year, is averaging 15.9 yards per carry en route to 589 yards and five touchdowns in his junior season. Stubbs has rushed for 286 yards while the other quarterback, Hart, has passed for 335 yards and a pair of scores.
Louis Mulkey, the Charleston firefighter who was killed in the 2007 Sofa Superstore Fire and was the inspiration for Summerville’s run to the ’08 state basketball championship, was inducted into the Summerville High School Athletic Hall of Fame last Friday.
Mulkey played sports at Summerville. He graduated in 1991 and returned to the school in 2002 as a coach for the junior varsity football team. He served as the head coach of the junior varsity basketball team and was an assistant on the varsity level.
During the Green Wave’s championship season, The Charleston Fire Department presented the team a fire helmet to honor Mulkey, who was one of nine firemen who lost their lives during the Sofa Super Store fire. The team placed the helmet on the bench for the remainder of the season.
The other hall of fame inductees were Burt Bazzle, Perry Cuda, Robert Sinteff, Jan Waring Woods, Michael Wills and Will Jeter.