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Summerville Overcomes 14 Point Deficit To Defeat Ashley Ridge 42-31 In Region Opener, Two Wave RB’s Gain Combined 244 yards & Score 4 TD’s,

Summerville Overcomes 14 Point Deficit To Defeat Ashley Ridge 42-31 In Region Opener, Two Wave RB’s Gain Combined 244 yards & Score 4 TD’s,

Despite Losing Ashley Ridge QB Matt Duncan Accounts For 345 Yards & Three Touchdowns In Great Effort

By Billy G. Baker

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SummervilleSummerville (4-2) used their power back Derrion Larry (5-7, 200) exclusively in the first half as he netted 89 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns but the Green Wave trailed Ashley Ridge 21-14 at the half, on the road.

So, in the second half usual starter K.J Rollings (5-9, 165), the speed back, finally got to play and he ran wild when his time came for 155 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Summerville to a come-from-behind 42-31 win Friday night.

After seeing how well both backs can run, one might wonder why the Green Wave, with three straight home region games left on their schedule, should not take advantage of their talent at speed back and power back and simply play both at the same time in a clock eating, keep the other team’s offense off the field strategy. Could such a strategy help win a region title?  In addition, all-state candidate and speedy receiver Brody Hopkins could be spread way out to see if any team would double cover him as you throw to him six to 8 times a game like the Green Wave did against Ashley Ridge. Just an observation but could this strategy work?   

Summerville head coach Joe Call explained the use of his two running backs based on a competition during practice week. “It’s just how we make practice competitive and Derrion earned the spot this week and he made some great runs with his power in the first half but we noticed a few plays might have gone for even bigger yardage if we had more speed on the field so when KJ came in he put his foot in the ground and went North a lot and he broke several long runs,” said Coach Call. “Derrion is more like a fullback who can run over people like he did in the first half tonight and KJ is a speed back who can run inside or outside. We liked the way both competed tonight and how they helped the team get a win.

“Another big plus is that we finally got back our Shrine Bowl lineman Adam MaKanna (6-2, 265) from injury and he rallied the line to have a great night blocking also,” said Coach Call. “I felt like we kind of wore their defensive line down a little bit as the game progressed. Games can change momentum based on one play. We saw that with our sophomore transfer from Idaho linebacker Roan Shawves had two picks tonight and one set a touchdown from the 18 on a short field and then a couple minutes alter his interception inside the 20 stopped their scoring drive. His two picks effected the game 14 points. Roan is a heads-up ball player.

“We are looking forward to next week because we have had only one home so far this year with the one weather cancellation, so we are looking forward to having our final three regular season games all at home,” said Coach Call. “After giving up a big lead against Berkeley we needed   a come-from-behind win ourselves tonight.  Hopefully, we can use tonight’s win as a confidence builder and finish the regular season strong and get a good seed for the playoffs.”

Ashley Ridge quarterback Matt Duncan, a pledge to Temple, played the game of life against Summerville. Duncan rushed for 186 yards on 20 “second and third effort runs” scoring a touchdown on an 12 yard run with 2:24 to go in the first period to that tied the game at 7 and he later caught a two point conversion “razzle dazzle” pass play that put the Foxes up 21-14 with 1:06 left in the first half. He completed 16 of 34 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown and he rushed for 186 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. Duncan accounted for 345 yards passing and rushing in the game.

Ashley Ridge head coach Kenny Walker wasn’t available for comments after the game, but athletic director Randall Tucker said, “We are really proud of the great team effort from Ashley Ridge and Matt Duncan probably had the best game of his career tonight also,” said Coach Tucker. “We are looking forward to playing West Ashley next week.”  

Ashley Ridge also got a good game from running back Troy Grant. Grant had 95 yards rushing on 11 carries. His one touchdown was a home crowd pleaser On the second play of the third period Gabe Sammons caught a pass near the boundary, flipped it under handed to Grant on the flea flicker, and he raced untouched 67 yards down the sideline and the Will McCune extra point put the Foxes up 28-14. With 11:08 to go in the third period the momentum seemed to have swung heavily to Ashley Ridge.

The Green Wave responded four plays later as sophomore quarterback Colby Shirey (5-11, 150) hit Hopkins on a 73- yard bomb and the Brayden Gregory PAT made it 28-21 with 9:43 left. Following an interception by the Green Wave with 8:37 left in the third they started a short drive from the 18. On first down Rollins gained 11 yards to the 7. On the second down he gained four yards to the seven and a face mask penalty put the ball at the one where Rollins scored with 7:50 left in the third. The Gregory PAT tied the game at 28-28.

Ashley Ridge got a great return by grant to the Wave 49 on the ensuing kick-off. Duncan moved the ball on three straight runs, plus two personal fouls on Summerville, to move the ball to the seven. On first down Larry Taylor sacked Duncan for a six-yard loss back to the 13. Two passes later Shawves got his second pick of the game to kill a promising AR scoring drive.

Seven play slater Green Wave receiver Perry Wilder scored on a well- executed reverse from 45 yards and the PAT put the Green Wave up for good 35-28 with 2:25 left in the third.

Ashley Ridge took over on the 24 following the kick-off and Duncan took the air.  Duncan’s 39- yard pass completion, five plays into the drive, to Gabe Sammons gave the Foxes a first down t the 16. However, a third down sack of Duncan by Zavier Davis at the 15 set up a 36-yard field goal that made it 35-21 on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Summerville added their final touchdown with 4:02 left in the game as Rollins broke several tackles to the inside, changed direction on a dime, and then raced untouched 63 yards down the Green Wave sidelines as their fans reached a state of bedlam sensing that the touchdown had finally giving the Wave some breathing room late in the game.

For the game Summerville netted out 454 yards of total offense on 57 plays. Hopkins led Wave receivers with four catches for 123 yards and one touchdown. A big first quarter play in the game for Ashley Ridge was a pick-six by Tyler Collins of 43 yards that gave the Foxes a 13-7 lead after the missed PAT with 1: 40 left in the opening period.


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