Wednesday, August 28, 2013
When Cane Bay made the jump up to Class AAAA after two years each at classifications below, people wondered just how the Cobras would fit into the state's largest division.
As it turned out, they appeared to be ready quickly. The Cobras came right out of the corner swinging and stymied perennial state power Summerville in a 10-3 victory that served notice they were ready.
“With us moving up, I think we snuck up on some people,” Cane Bay coach Russell Zehr said. “… We played a really good game (against Summerville) and they made some key mistakes that helped us. It was probably the best game we played all year.”
The Cobras went on to win six football games in 2012 and made the playoffs.
A new season has arrived and the Cobras travel to Flowertown on Thursday as Summerville eyes revenge.
On offense, the Cobras will rely heavily on quarterback Devin Kilgore and running back Ramonte Frasier. They are the top two players coming back on that side of the ball. Kilgore has good mobility and a strong arm and figures to makes some stellar plays.
“I think he's one of the top quarterbacks in the Lowcountry,” Zehr said. “… His mechanics have gotten better. His strength has gotten better. His mind has gotten better. The biggest thing for him is just getting comfortable back there with the new offense.”
The Cobras return leading tackler Matt Rudy to anchor the defense.
Summerville has the home-turf advantage and seems to have fewer concerns heading into this season than it did last year. One of its top players said the Wave is prepared for the new campaign on the gridiron.
“I think we are pretty strong,” said Summerville senior Darin Smalls, a South Carolina commitment. “As a team we look way better now than we did at the start of last season so hopefully that will make a difference.”
Smalls is one of 10 starters returning to Summerville, which has a total of 17 lettermen back from last year.
The game will be televised locally on myTVCharleston. The Cobras were 1-1 in televised games last fall, rallying to defeat Colleton County 26-21 on myTVCharleston and losing to Goose Creek 55-0 on ESPN3.
After Summerville, the Cobras host Fort Dorchester on Sept. 6 and travel to Berkeley on Sept. 13.