Heathwood Hall (1-4, 1-3 SCISA 3A) vs. Cardinal Newman (3-2, 2-2)
Site: Heathwood Hall Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Cardinal Newman is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 35-13 loss at home to Hammond. The Cardinals defense coughed up 516 yards, 357 on the ground, and the offense was reduced to a conservative, short passing game when Hammond put the clamps on CN star running back Zakki Parker. Senior Evan DuBois was solid on both sides of the ball in the losing effort. Cardinal Newman must win to have any chance at rating a home game in the SCISA playoffs Heathwood Hall gave unbeaten Orangeburg Prep a go at Indians Field last week, but came up short, 22-14. Logan McGill had a solid game at quarterback – passing for 157 yards and one touchdown and rushing for a team-high 62 yards. WR Nelson Weston caught four passes for 72 yards and one score. William Anderson (8 tackles), Mac Ellen (7 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack) and Alec Curtin (5 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks) led the way on defense.
Series history: The Cardinals ended a 13-game losing streak against Heathwood with a 25-21 win last year. The Highlanders lead the longest-running private-school series in the Midlands by a 20-15 margin.
Hammond (3-3, 2-2 SCISA 3A) vs. Porter-Gaud (2-4, 2-2)
Site: Edens Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Hammond rebounded nicely last week against upstart Cardinal Newman, dominating the hosts 35-13. Offensively, the Skyhawks trampled the Cardinals with 516 offensive yards. Hammond’s ground game produced 357 yards and 9.6 yards per attempt. T.J. Brady piled up 236 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries and caught four passes for 64 yards. Nick Garrett started at quarterback and had the attack functioning smoothly. The junior finished with 63 yards and three touchdowns by land and was 6-for-8 passing for 57 yards. Davis King came off the bench in certain situations and hit five of six passes for 91 yards. The defense, which featured a new-look front, limited the Cardinals to 247 yards in all, 97 on the ground Porter-Gaud has defensive issues, but the Cyclones can put points on the board in a hurry. QB Steven Duncan is 98-for-188 passing for 1,464 yards and 17 TDs. RB Allan Waters is averaging 91.3 rushing yards per game and 7.8 yards per carry. WR Foster Moe has 40 catches for 737 yards and nine TDs.
Series history: Hammond has won 10 in a row since the Cyclones scored back-to-back first-round playoff wins in 2004 and 2005.
Pinewood Prep (0-5, 0-4 SCISA 3A) vs. Ben Lippen (1-4, 1-3)
Site: Pinewood Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Ben Lippen presented Jolly Doolittle with his first win at the Falcons helm last week. It was a dramatic, 29-23 overtime decision against Laurence Manning Academy. David Rhoden played the key role in the upset win. The senior captain ran for 214 yards, two touchdowns and two conversions on offense and had a team-high six tackles (five solos) and one fumble recovery on defense. QB Robert Barrow passed for 117 yards and two scores to Aaron Maguire. Maguire caught four Barrow tosses for 110 yards Pinewood’s troubles continued is a 21-6 loss to Augusta Christian. The Panthers from Summerville have dropped 14 in a row, 20 of their last 21.
Series history: Ben Lippen is 9-0 all-time against the Panthers from Summerville.