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Green Wave look to finish strong in region

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

Summerville – Summerville head football coach Joe Call wants to win every game his team plays. But, the coach is smart enough to know that his team can learn just as much about themselves in losses and making the necessary improvements is crucial to future success.
So, when his Green Wave came up on the short end of a 34-30 shootout against rival Berkeley on September 21, Call felt his team could learn from a loss to a Class AAAAA top 10 undefeated team. Though disappointed to lose, the coach felt his team could take some positives into the rest of the season.
“We want to win every game but sometimes you come up short,” Call said after the game. “We can learn a lot from this. We started slowly again and that has to improve. It’s hard to get down 17-0 in the first quarter to a team as talented as Berkeley and expect to win.
“But we did come back and we got the lead. We had the lead with three minutes to go in the game but we didn’t finish. Credit Berkeley for getting it done and now we have something that we can look at and work to improve on.”
Summerville bounced back from that loss with a win over rival Ashley Ridge, 49-10, in the region 8-AAAAA opener. The Green Wave improved to 4-2 on the season with a non-region game remaining with Cane Bay on October 5th. After that, the quest for the region title resumes with games against West Ashley, Fort Dorchester and Stall.
The Green Wave continue to get outstanding leadership and production from senior quarterback Johnathan Bennett. The Shrine Bowl candidate has passed for 1,010 yards (68 of 131) and 14 touchdowns while adding 486 yards rushing and eight more touchdowns.
“All he wants is to win and he’s having a great season,” Call said. “His leadership cannot be measured.”
Bennett’s two favorite targets in the passing game have been senior Andre Banks and junior Brody Hopkins. Banks has 33 receptions for 394 yards with nine touchdowns while Hopkins as 16 grabs for 386 yards and five touchdowns.
Adding to the running game have been senior Pedro Rios and sophomore KJ Rollins, who have combined for more than 300 yards on the ground in split duties.
Along the front leading the way is senior center Daylen Powell, another all-star game candidate, and junior tackle Adam McKanna.
Defensively, the Green Wave have been mostly dominant. The unit has recorded 15 sacks and allows an average of 250 yards per game.
Along the front, senior Ben Mitchum anchors the inside as a run stopper. Senior end Bryce Scipio has been a force as well. Linebackers Cole Phillips and Colby Taylor have been consistent performers while Kevon Gregory and Derrick Larry are solid leaders in the secondary. The defense got an added boost recently with the return of junior linebacker Luke Taylor.

Fall sports update

Summerville’s girls tennis team is pushing for a shot at the region 8-AAAAA title as they get into the bulk of region competition. Summerville won four of their first six matches overall, including a win in their region opener against West Ashley.
Paige Reynolds plays the number one singles slot for the Green Wave this fall. Sullivan Long is playing two singles and Lizzie Naval is playing three singles. Long and Naval also run on the cross country team during the fall.
Hannah McKee is playing in the four singles position while Annelise Pagan plays five singles. Gwen Rast and Dylan Zoeller are playing number two doubles.
In cross country, Naval, a senior, is the top runner on the girls team with a season best time of 21:12. Freshman Sydney Greer runs second and senior Caroline Raglin runs third. Close behind is Long, followed by freshman Lillian Kriese, eighth-grader MiLaya Buchanon, and seventh-grader Brianna Downey.
The boys team is the region favorite and looks to make a strong run at the state meet in early November.
Sophomore Daren Lagasca has the top time this fall at 17:28 while junior Noah Woodbury has run 17:46. Senior Reilly Gobin and junior Gabe Carnegy are solid runners in the top five, with sophomore Jeremiah Eddy, senior Coty Lodge and junior Jacob Braddock competing for the top five as well.


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