MOUNT PLEASANT — Summerville coach John McKissick was cautiously optimistic about the Green Wave’s chances of making a deep run in the Class AAAA playoffs this season.
After all, the Green Wave featured two of the top skill players in the state in running back Davon Anderson and cornerback Darin Smalls.
But Anderson moved to Cleveland in August and Smalls suffered a season-ending knee injury last week against Goose Creek, leaving the Green Wave searching for an offensive identity.
After the Green Wave’s 36-10 victory over Wando Friday night, McKissick still has more questions than answers on the offensive side of the ball.
Summerville (3-1) took advantage of three special teams miscues by the Warriors (2-3), but managed just 260 yards of total offense.
“We didn’t do very much on offense,” said McKissick, who notched his 606th victory as a head coach. “We had some good plays, but we had a lot of bad plays, too. We probably had more bad plays than we had good plays. We’ll get back to work on Monday and figure it out.”
Green Wave quarterback Sawyer Bridges completed just 9 of 26 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. The 5-10, 180-pound sophomore also ran for another score.
“Sawyer had some good passes, but he missed some receivers we had open,” McKissick said. “It was just one of those games.”
The Warriors’ special teams were anything but special against the Green Wave. Two bad snaps and a blocked punt resulted in a safety, a field goal and a TD for the Green Wave.
“We’ve got a lot of growing up to do,” said Wando coach Jimmy Noonan. “We’ve got a lot of places where we need to get better. It was a very disappointing night. I thought we played well enough defensively to be in the game, but we made too many mistakes.”
The Warriors had their issues offensively as well. Twice the Warriors had receivers open down the field for apparent TDs only to have the ball overthrown on both occasions.
“Right now we’re really struggling at the quarterback position,” Noonan said. “We’ve got receivers that are open, but we’re not hitting them. We’ve got to have a good week of competition at that position. We’ve got to find some offense. We’ve been averaging 30-something points a ballgame, but we’ve been exposed the last couple of weeks.”
It didn’t help matters that Wando running back Kenny Waring was suspended for the first quarter after breaking unspecified team rules. Waring, who scored on an 8-yard run in the second quarter to give the Warriors a 10-7 lead, finished with 63 yards.
“We’ve got to find a way to get a consistent running game going,” Noonan said.
Leading 20-10 at halftime, the Green Wave took the second half kickoff and drove 71 yards, with David Coccoli scoring from 11 yards out to give the Green Wave a 27-10 advantage with 9:33 to play.
“That was a disappointing way to start the second half,” Noonan said.
Summerville 0 20 7 9—36
Wando 3 7 0 0—10
W — Clayton Rosenbaum 29 FG
S — Sawyer Bridges 1 run (David Kennedy kick)
W — Kenny Waring 8 run (Clayton Rosenbaum kick)
S — Sean Smith 4 pass from Sawyer Bridges (Kennedy kick)
S — David Kennedy 39 FG
S — David Kennedy 31 FG
S — David Coccoli 11 run (Kennedy kick)
S — Safety, Wando punter tackled in end zone
S —Darrell Ford 1 run (Kennedy kick)