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Summerville football sets table for strong 2018 season


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – A disappointing loss to Dutch Fork ended Summerville High’s 2017 football season but coach Joe Call and his staff are optimistic about the future of the program.

Summerville finished this season with a 10-3 record. The three losses came to teams that played for Lower State championships – Berkeley (AAAA), Dutch Fork and Summerville in AAAAA. Dutch Fork went on to win the Class AAAAA state title for the second straight year.

While there were several key senior leaders on this year’s team, there also were a host of underclassmen playing key roles on both sides of the ball. Call commented on his team’s future prior to the loss to Dutch Fork.

“We had a lot of underclassmen on the field and we had a good group down on junior varsity,” Call said. “We have a bright future. We need to build on what we accomplished this season and take the next step. There is a lot of positives in the program right now.”

One of the key underclassmen on offense is quarterback Johnathan Bennett, a 6-1 athlete who continues to progress as a passer. Bennett is an accomplished runner, finishing this season with 602 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He also passed for 1,506 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Two of the top receivers this season were seniors Shaq Davis and Olin McCurry. Davis ended up with 43 catches for 679 yards and eight touchdowns while the sure-handed McCurry caught 29 passes for 345 yards and three scores.

Junior Andre Banks ended up with 32 receptions for 397 yards and four scores and will be a key leader on the field next season.

The team’s leading rusher this fall was senior Daryl Hancock, who finished his season with 1,040 yards and 10 touchdowns. One to watch next year out of the backfield is versatile junior Pedro Rios, who had 318 yards on the ground.

The team’s anchor on the offensive line was senior Jackson Hutto, who was selected to play for the South Carolina team in the Shrine Bowl on December 16th. Hutto was a three-year starter and his leadership will be missed in the trenches.

The defense will return three key leaders in end Colby Taylor, tackle Ben Mitchum and linebacker Cole Phillips. Phillips led Summerville in tackles with 140 total hits, including nine for loss. Taylor racked up 66 tackles while Mitchum was a force inside with 55 tackles and five sacks.

Senior linebacker Deonte Geddis, a three-year starter, will be missed. Geddis had 133 tackles this season. Senior Dajon Gant had 68 tackles and senior Corey Hewitt had 61 tackles and three interceptions.

Senior Derek Larry had four interceptions and senior Graham McCurry had two picks.



Long has high expectations for boys basketball team


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – As he begins his first “official” season as the boys basketball coach at Summerville High School, David Long has high expectations for the 2017-18 Green Wave.

Long took over as the interim coach early last season when coach Greg Elliott was placed on administrative leave. Long guided the Green Wave for most of the season, leading Summerville to a 15-11 record overall. Summerville won seven straight games near the end of the season and won eight of their last 10 games. The Green Wave notched a playoff win over Socastee before losing to eventual lower state champion Blythewood.

Long was given the official title as head coach after last season and enters this winter with lofty goals for his program.

“Our expectations will always be to contend for the region title,” Long said. “Now we play in a very good region. It’s very competitive. We fully expect to compete with every team in the region. We are working hard to get better but that’s the goal. I feel confident, when we are fully healthy, that we can achieve that goal.”

Getting healthy will be a key for Summerville. The Green Wave are expected to play at least six weeks without starting guard Johnathan Bennett, who would be a third-year varsity starter. Bennett, the quarterback of the football team, suffered a knee injury late in the football season and will be out until at least mid-January.

“Certainly not having him is a big loss and we’ve had to adjust some,” Long said. “But we have no choice but to move forward and try to improve. If Johnathan can return and be healthy enough to get out there, we will be a better team.”

Without Bennett, Summerville will rely heavily on the inside game this season. Leading that unit is 6-5 senior forward Shaq Davis, who averaged 18 points and nine rebounds per game last season while earning region 7-AAAAA player of the year honors.

Senior Rodney Capers and junior Mark Mazyck also work around the paint. Early on this season, all three players are averaging between 13 and 14 points per game.

“We’ve had some early issues with foul trouble so we have to fix that so we can have all three of them on the floor more together,” Long said. “We’re working to find consistency in the backcourt and we have more depth than we’ve had in the past.”

Junior Derrick Larry is working as the point guard and does a solid job of leading the team, according to Long. Juniors Andre Banks, Kwon Heyward and Kevon Gregory also work in rotation as guards.

With an eight-team region, Summerville will play three region 7-AAAAA games prior to Christmas break. The Green Wave earned a win over Wando in the region opener on December 8th to improve to 3-1 overall on the season.

Prior to Christmas, Summerville will play in a tournament, the Shootout by the Sea in Myrtle Beach. After Christmas, the Green Wave are playing in the Rotary Roundball Classic.

“We’ll have a lot of opportunity to improve and grow over the next few weeks,” Long said. “We need to do well in the early region games so we can be in good position in January. These region games are what sets us up for playoff seedings so they are most important.”



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