Augusta Christian (2-5, 2-4 SCISA 3A) vs. Hammond (5-3, 4-2)
Site: AC Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Hammond rolled to its third win in a row last week, downing Ben Lippen 41-22 to inch closer to nailing down a top four playoff seed and a first-round home game for the ninth season in a row. The Skyhawks ground game produced more than 300 yards for the third game in a row. T.J. Brady ran for 190 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries. Nick Garrett ran for 53 yards and three touchdowns on eight carriers. QB Davis King was 8-for-13 passing for 138 yards and one scoring throw to Cantey Heath, who has emerged as the No. 1 receiver. It all began up front with center Calhoun McDougall in the lead role Defending SCISA Augusta Christian must win to keep alive its hopes of a top four seed. The Lions likely will need to win out to have a shot at hosting a first-round playoff game.
Series history: Augusta Christian halted a 10-game losing streak against Hammond with a sweep of two meetings last season, including a 21-14 win in the SCISA championship game. Hammond boasts a 12-4 series lead.
Cardinal Newman (4-3, 3-3 SCISA 3A) vs. Porter-Gaud (3-5, 3-3)
Site: George Watson Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: This is a key game in the scramble for a home game in the first round of the SCISA playoffs. Currently Cardinal Newman, Porter-Gaud and Laurence Manning Academy share fourth place. The Cardinals have already lost to LMA, so a win over the Cyclones on Friday is a must to stay in contention for a top four postseason seed CN is coming off a 42-7 loss against front-running Wilson Hall. Zakki Parker provided the few offensive highlights with 124 yards rushing on 17 carries. He senior running back has 840 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the books, and is averaging 6.0 yards per carry Porter-Gaud snapped a four-game losing streak with a 38-24 win over Augusta Christian last week. QB Steven Duncan is 131-for-244 passing for 1,800 yards and 19 touchdowns. WR Foster Moe has 54 grabs for 941 yards and 12 TDs.
Series history: Cardinal Newman won the first three meetings when both schools were members of the old Palmetto Athletic Conference (PAC) in the early 1990s. Porter-Gaud, however, has gone 15-0 in the series since 1992.
Wilson Hall (7-0, 6-0 SCISA 3A) vs. Heathwood Hall (2-5, 2-4)
Site: Spencer Field. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Heathwood Hall has won two in a row, including a 45-14 rout of Pinewood Prep last week. The Highlanders had their best rushing game of the season. Senior Edwin Propst (18-125-1) and sophomore Brandon Hill (10-120-2) shared the running load. Hill also was credited with 11 tackles on defense. Mac Ellen was the defensive headliner with 14 tackles, two TFL, two PBUs and one forced fumble. Former quarterback Will Detwiler rang up eight tackles, including three tackles for loss, and blocked a Pinewood field goal attempt Wilson Hall brushed aside Cardinal Newman, 42-7, last week as QB William Kinney hit on 11 of 16 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns.
Series history: Wilson Hall has won four in a row to cut Heathwood Hall’s series lead to 14-12.
Ben Lippen (2-5, 2-4 SCISA 3A) vs. Orangeburg Prep (7-1, 5-1)
Site: Hathaway-Weeber Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Ben Lippen is coming off a 41-22 loss to Hammond. QB Robert Barrow and WR Aaron Maguire provided the Falcons’ offensive highlights. Barrow was 17-for-24 passing for 211 yards and three touchdowns. Maguire caught six passes for 108 yards and two TDs Orangeburg Prep struggled a bit in a 24-21 win last week against Laurence Manning Academy. Perhaps it was a hangover from a showdown loss to Wilson Hall the week before.
Series history: Orangeburg Prep has won two in a row to take an 8-6 series lead.