Matthew White and Summerville held Devin Washington and the Stratford offense in check during the Green Wave's 14-10 non-region victory over the Knights on Friday night.
DOUGLAS ROGERS - Special to The Post and Courier
SUMMERVILLE -- Summerville defensive back Ryan Fowler scooped up a fumble with two minutes left in the game and returned it 26 yards for the winning touchdown as the Green Wave knocked off previously unbeaten Stratford, 14-10, Friday night at McKissick Field.
Summerville (4-1) scored both of its touchdowns on defense and limited Stratford (4-1) to 34 yards of offense in the second half.
With Stratford holding a 10-7 lead, the Knights' Devin Washington coughed up the ball. Fowler picked it up and raced untouched to the end zone. Summerville's first touchdown came on sophomore defensive back Darin Smalls' interception and 45-yard return. It was Smalls' fourth pick in the last two games and his second return for a touchdown.
"The defense was just great," said Summerville head coach John McKissick. "Stratford has a great defense also. They were the best defense we've seen. We just hung in there as best we could and someone made a play."
The defensive effort made up for a miserable night for the Summerville offense, which allowed nine sacks and finished the game with only 71 total yards. Quarterback Dalton Saunders completed 9 of 20 passes for 119 yards.
"We couldn't do anything on offense," said McKissick. "We went backwards more than we went forwards. We had too many penalties also. Not a good night on offense."
The game was tied 7-7 at halftime as Stratford got a 6-yard touchdown run from Washington to tie the game in the second quarter.
The Knights had 154 total yards in the first half but managed just 34 net yards in the final two quarters.
With the score tied, Stratford's Cole Rymer connected on a 22-yard field goal with 6:53 remaining in the game to give the Knights a 10-7 lead.
A big return on the ensuing kickoff, aided by a personal foul penalty, gave Summerville possession at the Stratford 43. Saunders completed a 37-yard pass to the Stratford 15, but the Knights held to force a field goal attempt.
Parker Cleveland's 35-yard attempt was wide, and Stratford seemingly had control.
On second down, while spinning for extra yardage, Washington lost the ball and Fowler was on the spot.
"In a close game, turnovers are key, and that hurt us tonight," said Stratford head coach Ray Stackley. "They're a good defensive football team. We're a good defensive football team. We just made a few too many mistakes and it cost us."
Sum--Darin Smalls 45 interception return (Parker Cleveland kick)
Strat--Devin Washington 6 run (Cole Rymer kick)
Strat--Rymer 22 field goal
Sum--Ryan Fowler 26 fumble return (Cleveland kick)