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Green Wave football wins region title but looking for more

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – Joe Call had to wait three years to record the biggest win of his coaching career at Summerville High School but the wait was well worth it.

Summerville knocked off Fort Dorchester, 43-42, in a wild come-from-behind fashion to claim the region 8-AAAAA championship on October 29th. The Green Wave ended Fort Dorchester’s 33-game winning streak against Lowcountry competition and also ended a five-game skid to the Patriots.

Call, who replaced his grandfather, John McKissick, as head coach was more excited for the players on his team than he was about his milestone victory.

“This is about those guys, the kids,” Call said. “This is for these seniors who went through a lot and have worked their tails off for me. They have committed to our program and have overcome a lot of adversity. Even tonight, when we were down 25-0, these kids never stopped playing and never stopped believing. These seniors are a special group.”

Summerville trailed 25-0 in the second quarter of the game against Fort Dorchester but scored twice before halftime to narrow the margin. At one point, Summerville rallied to claim the lead, 29-25, only to see Fort Dorchester return a kickoff for a touchdown to reclaim the lead at 32-29.

Wyatt Olsen sent the game to overtime with a field goal and added a field goal in the first overtime. After Fort Dorchester claimed a 42-35 lead into the second overtime, Summerville quarterback Johnathan Bennett scored on a 10-yard run to make it 42-41. Call elected to go for the two-point conversion and the win and the Green Wave executed a perfect reverse pass from Andre Banks to Bennett for the winning points.

Summerville closed out the regular season with a win over Stall to enter the state playoffs with an 8-2 record. The Green Wave earned a first-round home game in the Class AAAAA Lower State playoff bracket and will host Stratford on November 9. Summerville beat Stratford, 55-17, earlier this season.

As celebratory as Call was after the win over Fort Dorchester, the coach has bigger prizes in mind.

“Winning the region is great, it was a goal,” Call said. “We’re going to enjoy this win and this title and it’s very special. But we definitely have bigger goals in mind. Hopefully this can carry us into the playoffs with momentum. I’m excited to see what this team can do.”

Bennett, a finalist for the Mr. Football award in South Carolina, finishes the regular season with 1,706 passing yards and 23 touchdowns. He is also Summerville’s leading rusher with 589 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Sophomore KJ Rollins has rushed for 423 yards and five scores while senior Pedro Rios has 334 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Junior Brody Hopkins has 683 receiving yards, averaging 25.3 yards per catch with nine touchdowns. Banks has 44 receptions for 519 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Doing solid work along the offensive line are seniors Daylon Powell, Richard Vien and Ricky Denigro, along with junior Adam McKanna and sophomore Jackson Campeau.

Offensively, for the regular season, the Green Wave showed great balance, averaging 177 yards passing and 174 yards rushing per game. Summerville scored 25 touchdowns rushing and 24 through the air.

Defensively, Summerville is allowing 122 yards passing and 136 yards rushing per game. The defense has forced 19 turnovers and has 14 sacks.

Senior linebacker Cole Phillips leads the team with 110 total tackles, seven tackles for loss and three sacks. Phillips, along with Bennett, will play in the North-South all-star game in December.

Senior linebacker Colby Taylor has 60 tackles, five sacks and seven for loss while junior linebacker Luke Taylor has 57 tackles in seven games. End De’mon Campbell has 44 tackles, five sacks and five tackles for loss while defensive back Derrick Larry has 38 tackles and three interceptions.

Defensive back Kevon Gregory has two picks and nose guard Ben Mitchum has 32 tackles, two for loss.

Fall Sports Notes

Summerville’s girls tennis team won the region 8-AAAAA championship this season. The team advanced to the AAAAA state playoffs and posted wins over James Island and West Florence before bowing out to Wando.

Paige Reynolds played number one singles while Sullivan Long played number two singles. Lizzie Naval played three and Hannah McKee occupied the fourth slot. Annelise Pagan rounded out the singles ladder at number five.

Naval and Sullivan pulled double duty this fall as each ran with the cross country team. Naval ended up winning the region eight championship and finished 37th at the Class AAAAA state meet on November 3rd. Long finished fifth in the region meet and placed 65th in the state championship race.

Freshman Sydney Greer was third in the region meet and 38th at the state meet while senior Caroline Raglin was fourth in the region race and 52nd at the state finals. Freshman Lillian Kriese was eighth in the region meet and posted an 82nd place finish at the state meet.

In boys cross country, sophomore Daren Hinds Lagasca finished fourth in the region meet and 17th in the state finals. Junior Noah Woodbury was fifth in the region meet and 40th in the state meet. Junior Gabe Carnegy was 98th at the state meet and senior Coty Lodge was 108th. Sophomore Jeremiah Eddy was 120th at the state meet.

The Summerville volleyball team finished second in region eight and lost a first-round playoff match to Stratford. Senior Chelsea Blume was named Class AAAAA all-state by the Coaches Association of Women’s Sports and also was selected to the play in the North-South all-star matches on November 17th.





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