Heathwood Hall (2-7, 2-6 SCISA 3A) vs. Hammond (7-3, 6-2)
Site: Heathwood Hall Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Hammond rolled to its fifth straight win last week over Pinewood Prep, 41-22. The Skyhawks are assure of at least a first-round home game in the approach SCISA playoffs, no matter the outcome of this week’s rivalry game. QB Davis King was 9-for-13 passing for 225 yards and two touchdowns. RB T.J. Brady ran for 103 yards and four touchdowns on just 13 carries, and now has 23 TDs on the books. Max Woodburn had four catches for 87 yards and one score, and Cantey Heath hauled in six passes for 78 yards. Lineman Jordan Cox was the defensive headliner with eight tackles and one sack Heathwood Hall is currently tied for eighth place (and the last playoff invitation) with Ben Lippen. The Highlanders can land the postseason berth with either an upset win against Hammond, or a Ben Lippen loss to Cardinal Newman. Heathwood is coming off a tough 20-17 loss to Augusta Christian in a game rewarded the winner with a playoff berth. RB Brandon Hill and QB Logan McGill drove the Highlanders attack. Hill ran for 195 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. McGill was 11-for-16 passing for 107 yards and ran for 93 yards on 13 attempts. Mac Ellen has emerged as the defensive stopper with 78 tackles, 14 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 4 PBUs and one interception to date.
Series history: Hammond has won five in a row and nine of the last 10 meetings to take a 22-14 series lead.
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Cardinal Newman (5-4, 4-4 SCISA 3A) vs. Ben Lippen (2-7, 2-6)
Site: George Watson Field. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Ben Lippen is still in the running for a playoff berth, but the Falcons have to beat the Cardinals and hope for a Hammond win over Heathwood Hall to make it happen. BL is coming off a 51-14 loss to first-place Wilson Hall – the team it would draw in the first round of the SCISA sweepstakes. QB Robert Barrow is 109-for-196 passing for 1,301 yards and nine touchdowns. Barrow’s receiving options include Wright Bynum (40-466-1), Aaron Maguire (29-607-4) and Wil Carter (26-391-2). RB David Rhoden has 692 yards rushing and six TDs on 126 carries Cardinal Newman’s quest to earn a home date in the first round of the playoffs ended with a 21-10 loss to Orangeburg Prep last week. The Cardinals, however, should have plenty of motivation in the final regular season game. A win, after all, assures the Cardinals of finishing in the black for the first time since 1998. Zakki Parker had 129 yards rushing on 20 totes in the tough loss to OP. Garrett McNerney was 13-for-23 passing for 125 yards and scored CN’s only touchdown in his second start at quarterback. Sophomore Sean Williams had 13 tackles to lead the way on defense with backing from linemen Drieghton Tornovish (8 tackles, 4 TFL) and DeSean McMillian (8 tackles, 3 TFL).
Series history: Ben Lippen bagged a 39-28 win last season to up its series lead to 11-6.