Cardinal Newman vs. Pinewood Prep
Site: George Watson Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Cardinal Newman (0-3, 0-2) returns to SCISA Class 3A conference play after suffering a 42-0 loss to visiting Bishop England in the annual Hibernian Bowl game Pinewood Prep (1-2, 0-2) has dropped its first two conference games by a combined 55-14 count. The Panthers fell 21-7 top Laurence Manning Academy last week.
Series history: The Panthers from Summerville took a 2-1 series lead by downing the Cardinals 31-23 last season.
Hammond vs. Orangeburg Prep
Site: Edens Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: The Skyhawks rebounded from a stunning loss to Wilson Hall with a 50-0 rout of SCISA Class 2A Florence Christian. B.J. Bennett scored four touchdowns – three in the first quarter – and Jake Nidiffer was 7-for-13 passing for 232 yards and three TDs. Bennett had two scoring runs and hauled in a 34-yard TD pass from Nidiffer Orangeburg Prep, coached by former Hammond assistant Adam Holmes, edged Heathwood Hall 23-21 last week to improve to 4-0 overall, 2-0 in SCISA 3A action. QB Reed Grubbs had two touchdown passes and one scoring run and tailback Aaron Crandall finished with 122 yards rushing on 24 carries. The Indians are off to their best start since 2002.
Series history: The Skyhawks have dominated the Indians of late, winning nine in a row since 2003.
Wilson Hall vs. Heathwood Hall
Site: Spencer Field. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: The Highlanders (0-3) had a good effort on the road, but turnovers doomed them in a 23-21 loss at Orangeburg Prep. Will Detwiler was 10-foer-16 passing for 146 yards, and hit Shelton Whittaker with a 74-yard scoring pass. Whittaker also had a 10-yard scoring run The Barons (3-0) continued their early-season rise under new coach Jet Turner, downing Porter Gaud 21-14 last week. Wilson Hall has now beaten last season’s SCISA 3A finalists. Daniel Drakeford’s 29-yard scoring run with 442 left in the game was the game-winning score. QB Gibson Klaphor had two scoring passes.
Series history: The Barons from Sumter earned a 45-20 decision last season, but the Highlanders still have the upper hand in the series, winning 14 of 23 meetings.