Warriors lose first regular season home game since Oct. 2011

  • Monday, September 23, 2013

Wando senior running back Trevor Pedersen (6) advances the ball during the Warriors’ game this past Friday night against Summerville. COURTESY OF DONNIE WINGARD

A 20-point second quarter was all the offense the Summerville football team needed to defeat Wando this past Friday night.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Green Wave scored on its next five possessions in the second and third periods to gain a 27-10 lead en route to a 36-10 victory.

It was a lackluster offensive performance by Wando, which threw for 65 total yards and ran for 195 more (260 total). Summerville actually fared slightly worse, gaining 257 total yards, but was able to capitalize on more drives and turnovers.

“We really had nothing to hang our hat on offensively,” coach Jimmy Noonan said. “Right now, we’re in a spread offense where we’re struggling throwing the football, and those are contradicting terms. We’ll have to evaluate our capabilities.”

The Warriors suffered a pair of bad punt plays, one that gave Summerville the ball 15 yards from the end zone and the other resulted in a fourth quarter safety. On Wando’s next punt attempt – seven total – it was blocked. Summerville took over inside the opposing 10-yard line and scored on the next play.

“We’ve got issues on our punt team,” Noonan said. “We’re going to have to look at scheme and personnel from top to bottom. We’ve never had issues there.

“But, I don’t want to take anything away from Summerville. Summerville is a good team. They’re always putting out a quality, consistent team. They’re a great example of where you want to be year to year.”

It was Wando’s first home regular season loss since Oct. 21, 2011. Last season, the Warriors lost to Goose Creek in front of ChopHouse fans, but the Gators later forfeited that game due to a South Carolina High School League rule violation.

Noonan said the goal every game is to have 60 percent of the Warriors’ pass attempts completed. Against Summerville, that mark was 42 percent. “I’m very concerned,” he said. “We have people running up and down the field wide open, and we can’t hit them.”

Last season, the Green Wave was 2-4 heading into region play. Then, Summerville went 5-0 in its region to close the regular season. Noonan said Wando (2-3) can use that as an example. “If we can make the improvements heading into region, who knows,” he said.

The Warriors travel to Fort Dorchester (2-2) on Friday for their final non-region contest of the regular season. The Patriots have lost their past two games: 26-13 to Stratford and 49-28 to Goose Creek.

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