Site: Singleton Field. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Heathwood Hall notes: Heathwood Hall makes its debut under new coach Rip Blackstone, who takes over for the retired John Daye. Blackstone served as an assistant coach under Daye for eight seasons … Mac Whalen, a junior, replaces his brother Brett at quarterback after starting at wide receiver last year. He did play some at quarterback when his brother was injured – running for 278 yards and six touchdowns and passing for 254 yards and three scores … Melton Bristow takes over as the Highlanders primary running back … Davis Ray led the team in receiving with 40 catches for 674 yards and seven touchdowns and finish with 32 tackles and six interceptions at cornerback.
Porter-Gaud notes: The Cyclones are hoping to improve on a 3-8 record that was a bit misleading. P-G dropped a number of close games, including a 14-7 first-round playoff setback against title-bound Hammond … Quarterback John Dodds is a key returning player for coach Ricky Tillman. He passed for 1,203 yards and nine touchdowns last season … Former lineman Dylan Whitner is in line to become the team’s primary running back … Donovan Carter (7.5 sacks) and Austin Burris (56 tackles) are two of the veteran leaders on defense.
Series history: The Cyclones have a slight 11-10 edge in the series that began in 1988 when both teams were members of the old Palmetto Athletic Conference (PAC). The teams have been season-opening foes for the past nine years with the Highlanders scoring a 30-7 win last season.