Green Wave hopes to cool down Boiling Springs

  • Thursday, November 21, 2013

Paul Zoeller/Post and Courier Joshua Orr and the rest of the Green Wave defense faces a stiff challenge this week when Summerville hosts Boiling Springs.

Green Wave coach John McKissick is hoping to play a game of keep away with the Bulldogs Friday.

Summerville (10-2) hosts Boiling Springs (8-4) at 7:30 p.m. in the second round of the Division 1-AAAA playoffs. The Bulldogs scored 40 or more points in nine of their games this season so McKissick knows he needs to cool down the Boiling Springs’ offense.

“We will need to keep them off the field,” McKissick said. “When we have the ball, we have to make first downs. We can’t afford to have as many three-and-outs as we’ve been having. Last week our defense only gave up seven points but Ashley Ridge had 18 first downs and possessed the ball way too long.”

Boiling Springs demonstrated how quickly it can score last week when it rallied to avenge an earlier loss to Gaffney and advance in the playoffs.

“Boiling Springs scored 21 points in the final nine or so minutes to get the win,” McKissick said. “That’s scary. They have a tall receiver who caught about 11 passes in that game and they have a talented running back. They are a good football team that plays with a lot of confidence. If you are a football fan, this one should be fun to watch.”

The Bulldogs’ wins have been over Nation Ford (40-13), Clover (48-21), Rock Hill (21-7), Riverside (51-31), Wade Hampton (41-21), Spartanburg (41-38), Dorman (35-31) and Gaffney (48-41). Their losses came to York (46-45), Byrnes (63-34), Gaffney (59-54) and Mauldin (83-70).

Boiling Springs’ wide receiver Mason Sanders (6-6, 210) and running back Tre’shaun Sanderlin (5-10, 190) have been selected to participate in this year’s North-South All-star game.

Sanders had more than 150 receiving yards and three touchdowns last week while Sanderlin had 65 rushing yards. Bulldog QB Daniel Thompson connected with other receivers for another 193 yards through the air and sophomore Brendon Robinson added another 122 rushing yards.

The good news for home-team fans is the Summerville defense has done better than most against other high-octane teams. The Green Wave held Goose Creek to 34 points and Stratford to 28 points.

The Summerville offense is also very capable. On average, the Green Wave has scored 32 points per game this season.

A key for Summerville this week will be getting out to a faster start. While the Wave has owned the fourth quarter in terms of time of possession, it hasn’t possessed the ball well in the first quarter.

For the season, Summerville has nearly 65 minutes of first-quarter possession time while its opponents have held the ball for just more than 79 minutes in the opening quarter.

In contrast, Summerville has an 86:30 to 57:30 edge in fourth-quarter possession time.

Summerville’s offense has been very balanced as it has rushed for 2,414 yards and passed for 1,872 yards.

Summerville is losing the penalties battle this season with 104 penalties to its opponents’ 66. However, the Wave is winning the turnovers battle 23 to 17.

The Summerville defense has 32 sacks on the season and 12 interceptions. It has 62 tackles for a loss, has hurried the QB 87 times and has blocked/broken up 50 pass attempts.

Summerville also has two North-South All-stars of its own, kicker David Kennedy and tight end Sean Smith (6-6, 225).

“Our team has great focus,” Smith said. “We think if we just keep our minds right we will be able to make a run. We just need to maintain that focus through practice and then on Friday make sure we come up big when it counts.”

Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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