Cardinal Newman (3-1, 2-1 SCISA) vs. Hammond (2-3, 1-2)
Site: George Watson Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Its a perfect opportunity for Cardinal Newman to stamp itself as a legitimate factor in the SCISA 3A conference race. The Cardinals, fresh from a 38-3 rout of Pinewood Prep in the wake of their first-ever win over Augusta Christian, are off to their best start since 2004. Zakki Parker had a huge game against Pinewood, rushing for 217 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. To date, the senior running back has 485 yards on 91 carries and 38 points on the books. Garrett McNerney has been the standout on defense with 29 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions. Freshman Stefone Brown was credited with four forced fumbles against Pinewood Hammond slipped below.500 again in a 42-14 loss at Wilson Hall last week. T.J. Brady provided some highlights by running for 146 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries.
Series history: Hammond has won 11 in a row and 13 of the last 14 outings against the Cardinals. The Skyhawks have a commanding 22-6 series lead. CNs last success was in 2001.
Orangeburg Prep (5-0, 3-0 SCISA) vs. Heathwood Hall (1-3, 1-2)
Site: OP Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Heathwood Halls offensive woes returned in a 24-7 loss to Laurence Manning Academy last week. The Highlanders, with top running back Brandon Hill on the shelf, managed just 34 net rushing yards on 23 attempts. QB Will Detwiler had 151 passing yards and scored the lone HH touchdown. WR Andrew Earle had five catches for 98 yards. On defense, Logan McGill had seven tackles, once forced fumble and two fumble recoveries OP maintained unbeaten status with a 57-41 win over Porter-Gaud. Quarterback Marty McCurry ran for two touchdowns and threw for two scores.
Series history: OP has won the last three meeting, but the Highlands still enjoy a 13-5 series lead.
Ben Lippen (0-4, 0-3 SCISA) vs. Laurence Manning Academy (4-1, 2-1)
Site: Hathaway-Weeber Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Ben Lippen had its best offensive game of the season a week ago, but nonetheless lost to C.A. Johnson. It was the Falcons first-ever loss to the Green Hornets. QB Robert Barrow threw for 198 yards and ran for 67. RB David Rhoden darted for a career-high 141 yards on 22 carries LMA rebounded from a loss to Hammond with a 24-7 win last week against Heathwood Hall.
Series history: LMAs 25-20 win last season broke a 3-3 series deadlock.