Site: Spencer Field. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Heathwood Hall notes: The Highlanders, 4-0 and fresh from a 24-10 road win over previously unbeaten Ben Lippen in the SCISA Region 1-3A opener, have another big test on Tap Friday in Sumter … The HH defense, led by blitzing linebacker Walker Sojourner and Morgan Whalen, did a number of the potent Falcons last week. BL managed just 228 total yards, 21 on the ground, against the quick, aggressive Highlanders defensive unit, which is allowing an average of just 13.5 points and 226 yards a game to date. Sojourner disrupted the BL offense the whole game, and his blitzing set up two interceptions by Alec Gregg. For the season Sojourner has 49 tackles and five sacks. Morgan Whalen is credited with 32 tackles and two sacks … Quarterback Mac Whalen had yet another big game against the Falcons, personally accounting for all but 21 of Heathwood’s 304 offensive yards. Whalen ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns – one a 73-yarder in the first quarter that proved to be the game-winner – and his completed 9 of 14 passes for 88 yards. To date, Whalen has 606 yards and 12 touchdowns on 97 carries. He also has 493 yards through the air, but has yet to throw a scoring pass.
Wilson Hall notes: The Barons are coming of their first loss of the season – a 34-27 setback in Charleston against Porter-Gaud in the SCISA Region 2-3A opener for both teams … Quarterback Josh Glenn was 18-for-32 passing for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson Hall is relying more heavily on the pass than they ever have in the past … The Barons trailed P-G 31-13 at one point, but rallied within 34-27 with four minutes to go. WH had a late scoring pass from Glenn to Wesley Talley negated when Glenn was ruled to have crossed the line of scrimmage before letting the pass fly.
Series history: The Highlanders prevailed 21-16 last season in Columbia to end a two-game losing streak against the Barons and take a 12-8 lead in the series.