Summerville High School football coach John McKissick agrees with the axiom that football teams make the most improvement from Week 1 to Week 2.
"Absolutely. You have to keep getting better, and we need to be a lot better this week," he said. "You have to keep moving. You might be on the right track, but if you're sitting still, you're going to get run over."
Summerville plays host to Berkeley at 7:30 p.m. today at McKissick Field. The showdown is one of the biggest games in the state this weekend.
Both teams are 1-0 and ranked. Summerville is No. 6 in Class AAAA in the statewide sportswriters' poll, while Berkeley is No. 2 in Class AAA.
The thrill of Berkeley's 40-14 victory over Stratford last Friday was erased the next day when running back D.J. Weathers was killed in a single-car crash.
The Stags play the Wave tonight and attend Weathers' funeral on Saturday.
"That's a tough and sad situation for Berkeley," said McKissick, who is 23 victories away from his 600th career win. "But coach (Jerry) Brown is outstanding in the time of adversity. He's a good psychologist and will have his team ready. I'm sure of that."
Berkeley played well against the Knights, recording its 16th victory in 17 games. But Berkeley was flagged 15 times for 120 yards in penalties.
On the bright side, Stags quarterback Tevin Bradshaw was 4-of-4 passing for 108 yards and three touchdowns.
McKissick was concerned with his team's penalties and mental mistakes in the first half of Summerville's 50-26 victory over Conway. The Green Wave had five penalties and two turnovers in the game. Summerville trailed 20-14 at halftime, but De'angelo Henderson scored three touchdowns in the final quarter and quarterback Dalton Saunders scored on a 1-yard plunge.
Saunders and Henderson had big roles in last year's 28-20 victory over Berkeley in front of 8,000 fans at Bonner Stadium. Saunders was 12-of-20 passing for 181 yards and a touchdown, while Henderson rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns against Berkeley.
Henderson got off to a fast start against Conway last week as he rushed for 259 yards and five touchdowns on 15 carries.
"I don't see how De'angelo can play any better," McKissick said. "He's a good football player, and I've been here for all those years and I haven't seen anyone better than him."