Cobras fight to final gun in loss to Wave

  • Monday, September 1, 2014

Roger Lee/Gazette Cane Bay's Paul Peart forces Summerville quarterback Sawyer Bridges out of the pocket.

These are not the Cane Bay Cobras of 2013.

For one, they’ve already gotten a win under the belt. Secondly, they will play to the final gun even in a losing effort.

They proved that in a hard-fought loss to Summerville on Friday, falling 15-13 in a game that probably would have gotten away from them last fall when they went winless.

“We have good kids who play hard and work hard,” Cane Bay coach Russell Zehr said. “They never quit and we didn’t come out here tonight just to make a good show. We came out here to win and they played like it. We made four mistakes and they made three. When two football teams get together that are pretty good the one that makes the fewest mistakes is going to win.”

Summerville looked to be the stronger team in the first half but ended up having to fight until the end to earn a 15-13 victory. The Green Wave improved to 2-0 with the win while the Cobras fell to 1-1.

Early in the second quarter, Kawuan Cox made a tackle for a loss and Anthony Collins followed with a sack that caused a fumble, which Collins recovered to give the Wave possession in Cane Bay territory.

A few plays later, Summerville quarterback Sawyer Bridges threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to senior David Coccoli. The PAT kick was no good.

Summerville later scored on a 59-yard scoring drive, capped with a 20-yard touchdown pass to junior Krishaon Jackson. The two-point conversion pass was defended by the Cobras so the Wave took a 12-0 lead into halftime

Late in the third quarter, the Cobras recovered a fumble at the Green Wave 28.

Cobras quarterback Devin Dingle then covered most of the distance to the goal line on a pair of big runs. Keenan Simpson carried up the middle on a 7-yard scoring run to pull the Cobras within 12-6 but Summerville blocked the extra point.

On Summerville’s next drive, problems with the snap caused a fumble. Cane Bay linebacker Paul Peart picked up the ball and dashed over 60 yards into the end zone to tie the game. Phillip Jackson’s PAT was good, giving the Cobras a 13-12 lead with 10:46 remaining.

Summerville answered by driving the ball 51 yards. When the Cobras defense forced a fourth-and-long in their red zone, Summerville opted for a 31-yard field goal attempt. Edward DeLong sent the kick through the uprights for the 15-13 margin with 6:10 remaining.

The Cobras opted for a quick strike on their ensuing possession and threw a pass deep, but Summerville defensive back Jamal Lucas intercepted the pass at the Green Wave 35.

Cane Bay forced a punt and had 1:26 to cover 78 yards to pull off the upset. The Cobras drove to the Summerville 37, but then fumbled the ball on a pitch. Cane Bay recovered the fumble, but only had time for one more play.

The Cobras got off the snap, but Summerville’s Matt Powell and Cox combined for a sack that ended the game.

Cane Bay travels to Fort Dorchester on Friday.

“Fort Dorchester is always big and athletic,” Zehr said. “Every year kids leave but it seems like bigger ones come in so we are going to have our hands full. We will be outsized and outmatched a little bit but we play good fundamental defense and our offense can be tricky. We are hoping we can get our offense rolling a little more this week and our defense will do a couple of things we didn’t do well tonight (last week). We will go out there with the same mentality. We will try to win and see what happens.”

Fort Dorchester is 2-0 on the season after pounding Carolina Forest on Friday.

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