Rival Patriots, Wave revved for clash

QB Ethan Long and Fort Dorchester are 2-1 entering the matchup at Summerville.

Summerville rolled up 646 yards in total offense last week and scored 57 points, and perhaps the most amazing thing about the Green Wave's offensive outburst was that it came in a losing effort. Goose Creek claimed a 64-57 triple-overtime victory over the Green Wave in a game in which both teams spent a lot of emotion and energy.

The Green Wave's tank was just about empty late Friday night, but Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad expects Summerville to be in overdrive when the teams square off in a key Region 8-AAAA showdown at 7:30 p.m. today at McKissick Field.

"I can't imagine Coach (John) McKissick having to fire up his team," LaPrad said. "They will be fired up. We will be fired up. Our kids know each other and have played on the same teams through the years. I don't think motivation will be an issue."

McKissick said his team spent a lot of energy and was banged up by the time last weekend's game ended.

"But we have to be ready for Fort Dorchester," said McKissick, seeking his 579th career victory. "I've been warning the kids all week what happens when you have a letdown, when you let up. I told them Berkeley lost a close, emotional game against us and then lost the following week (to Timberland). I tell them it could happen to us if we aren't ready."

Fort Dorchester (2-1) opened Region 8-AAAA play last week with a 34-29 victory over Beaufort. Junior quarterback Ethan Long led the offense with 232 total yards. He completed 13 of 20 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Just as importantly, he didn't throw an interception.

Devron Glenn was the leading receiver with six catches for 128 yards and two scores. He also ran seven times for 13 yards and completed his only pass attempt for 26 yards. Sean Bright led the team in rushing with 75 yards.

Tracy Jones and Rashad Taylor led the defense with eight tackles apiece.

"They might have more big-game experience," LaPrad said of Summerville, which has played Berkeley and Goose Creek back to back. "But Beaufort was a pretty big game for us. We grew up in that one."

Summerville (2-1) got another huge game from De'angelo Henderson, who ran 35 times for 286 yards and five touchdowns. He now has 707 yards rushing and 11 TDs.

"You don't stop him," LaPrad said of Henderson. "If you think you're going to shut him down, you're an idiot. You just can't let him burn you in critical situations."

Last year against Fort Dorchester, Henderson rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Dalton Saunders was 13 of 33 passing for 162 yards and a touchdown in Summerville's 17-13 victory.

Late in the game, Fort Dorchester had two chances to pull out a victory, but the Green Wave defense responded to the challenge, sacking Long twice on the last possession to gain a 15-2 edge in the rivalry. Fort Dorchester hasn't defeated Summerville since the 2000 season.