Site: Hathaway-Weeber Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Heathwood Hall notes: The Highlanders are off to a 3-0 start and fresh from a 34-14 road win at Orangeburg Prep … Heathwood Hall’s defense turned on an outstanding performance, limiting the Indians a meager 119 offensive yards, just 45 on the ground. As usual, the HH attack was largely in the hands of quarterback Mac Whalen. The senior star ran for 101 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries and connected on 14 of 21 passes for 164 yards … Joseph English made an early play that had a major impact. OP put together a first-period drive that reach the HH 3-yard line and went for broke on a fourth-and-goal play. English, however, picked off a pass in the end zone and raced more than 100 yards for a touchdown at a Highlanders lead that they never relinquished … To date, Whalen has 421 yards rushing and nine scoring runs, while going 37-for-73 passing for 405 yards. He has yet to throw a scoring pass. Morgan Whalen, Mac’s twin brother, leads the receivers with 12 catches for 181 yards and is second to Walker Sojourner in tackles with 34. Sojourner is the leading hit man on defense with 41 tackles and four sacks … Defensively, the Highlanders are allowing an average of 221 yards per game, not bad in this offense dominated era
Ben Lippen notes: The Falcons are off to an even better start than the Highlanders. BL is 4-0 after last week’s impressive 24-17 win at Pinewood Prep. The Falcons have two wins against High School League squads … Quarterback Joey Carter’s 6-yard scoring run at 7:18 of the third quarter broke a 17-17 deadlock, and the Falcons defense did the rest. In fact, BL held the potent Panthers scoreless in the second half … Offensively, the Falcons managed a relatively low 141 yards rushing and 69 through the air. Carter led the ground game with 84 yards on 13 carries, and he had a hand in all three touchdowns. He had two scoring runs and one of his three completions turned into a 50-yard TD connection with William Fant … The defense was the star. Zack Perry had a team high 10 tackles and two sacks. Sammy Joe White finished with nine tackles and two sacks. Isaac Elsenheimer had another sack and a fumble recovery. In all, the Falcons forced four turnovers. Chris Fairfax had two fumble recoveries and Jason Blackwell picked off a Panthers pass.
Series history: The Highlanders have won five in a row to take an 8-5 series lead. HH prevailed 24-7 a year ago. Falcons coach Reggie Shaw said that game was the worst performance by his team all season.