SUMMERVILLE -- That 'S' on De'angelo Henderson's football helmet might as well stand for Superman.
Summerville's running back came up big for the second straight week as he totaled 289 all-purpose yards to lead the Green Wave to a 17-14 victory over Berkeley on Friday night at McKissick Field.
Henderson rushed 20 times for 160 yards and caught five passes for 118 yards. His 30-yard touchdown catch from Dalton Saunders with six seconds left in the first half gave the Wave a 10-point lead and the momentum it needed to up its record to 2-0 in a battle of top-10 teams.
Berkeley played its first game since running back D.J. Weathers was killed in a single-car accident less than 24 hours after scoring two touchdowns in a 40-14 victory over Stratford last Friday.
The Stags' Rahkeem White carried Weathers' jersey out to the
field as his teammates followed in procession. White scored both Stags touchdowns: a 79-yard run and a 30-yard touchdown pass from Tevin Bradshaw, but he didn't have much help as the Stags fell to 1-1. Berkeley, which won the Division II-AAAA state title last year, is 15-2 the last two seasons with both losses coming at the hands of the Green Wave. The Stags are now a Class AAA team.
"We had offensive concerns tonight," said Berkeley coach Jerry Brown, whose team will attend Weather's funeral today. "They played well, but we were out of sync. There was a big difference in last week and this week."
Henderson rushed for 259 yards and five touchdowns last week against Conway. But he showed he could catch the ball against the Stags.
"He can catch. He can block. He can run the football," said Summerville coach John McKissick, who gained his 578th career victory. "He's a good person, too. I'm real proud of him."
Henderson was a force on the wheel-route patterns, slipping into the Stags' secondary almost undetected. He caught the game-winning touchdown late in the first half and chewed time off the clock late in the game, carrying five times on the Wave's penultimate drive for 43 yards.
The Green Wave got the ball on the Berkeley 5 on its last possession, but killed the clock.
Henderson's work this summer will pay off in the fall.
"Dalton and I spent a lot of time working together this summer," said Henderson, who also had an 11-yard kickoff return. "We worked on our timing, making sure to get it right. We worked out every day to get our timing down. I worked on my hands, too."
Summerville piled up big yardage in the first, using balance to tally 285 total yards to take a 17-7 lead. The Green Wave finished with 385 yards.
Saunders started slowly in the first half, completing just one of his first six passes with an interception. But he showed poise as the game wore on, completing 11 of 17 in the first half for 159 yards. He finished with 198 yards passing, completing 14 of 21 with an interception. The Green Wave also lost three fumbles.
Saunders hooked up with Chris Williams for the first score of the game, an 11-yard touchdown pass with 5:25 left in the first quarter.
Saunders was brilliant on the other touchdown drive. With a minute to go in the first half, the Green Wave marched 80 yards in just 54 seconds to score and take a 17-7 lead.
Saunders and Henderson hooked up three times on the drive for 67 yards. Henderson's sixth touchdown of the young season came on a 30-yard reception up the middle.
Henderson broke off a 71-yard run on the first play from scrimmage, but the Green Wave could not score.
Berkeley had 178 total yards in the first half, highlighted by White's 79-yard touchdown run with 1:48 left in the first quarter. The Stags finished with 285 total yards.
After the game, Henderson talked to the Berkeley players and praised their efforts.
"I told them good luck, sorry about the loss of D.J." Henderson said. "I told them to bring home a (Class) AAA state championship home."
And if Henderson and his teammates continue to improve, Summerville could bring home the Division I-AAAA state title.
Summerville -- Chris Williams 11 pass from Dalton Saunders (Bryan Jordan kick)
Berkeley--Rahkeem White 79 run (Ryan Hill kick)
Summerville -- Jordan 23 FG
Summerville --De'angelo Henderson 30 pass from Saunders (Jordan kick)
Berkeley -- White 30 pass from Tevin Bradshaw (Hill kick)