Hammond vs. Ben Lippen
Site: Edens Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Storyline: The simple fact of the matter is the winner stays in contention for the regular season SCISA 3A conference championship, while the loser falls by the wayside. The two teams have developed a good rivalry over the past three seasons, and this contest figures to be another good one.
Last week: Hammond (3-1 overall, 2-1 SCISA 3A conference) dumped Orangeburg Prep 35-20. B.J. Bennett was the offensive headliner with 151 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 15 carries. Joey DeAngelis added 102 yards on 21 totes. Jake Nidiffer was 12-for-15 passing for 177 yards. Logan Smith led the hit parade on defense with 13 tackles, while Roo Daniels and William Love had 10 tackles apiece. Daniel also had one sack. Braden Shockley had two interceptions. The Skyhawks defense came up with six takeaways – five interceptions, one fumble recovery Ben Lippen (3-1, 2-1) is fresh from a 49-34 win over C.A. Johnson that featured the successful debut of Robert Barrow as the Falcons starting quarterback. Reliable Tyler Renew did the bulk of the work again, running for 212 yards and four touchdowns, but Barrow was 10-for-17 passing for 144 yards and two scores to give the offense a much-needed second dimension. Tuck Benefield caught six passes for 87 yards and one TD.
Series history: Hammond topped the Falcons 38-24 and is 6-1 against Ben Lippen since Erik Kimrey took command of the program in 2004.
Laurence Manning Academy vs. Cardinal Newman
Site: Billy Chitwood Field. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Cardinal Newman came very close to ending a protracted losing streak last week, but came up just short in a 14-10 loss to Pinewood Prep. The Cardinal carried a 10-0 lead into the fourth quarter, but couldn’t seal the deal. The points came from an Andrew Wilczewski field goal in the second quarter, a Jake Wilson fumble return touchdown and a Wilczewski PAT in the third. But CN’s offensive woes continued. On defense, Coleman Bacon leads the team with 49 tackles. The Cardinals (4-0, 0-3) have lost 19 in a row The Swampcats (2-2, 1-2) were roughed up by Augusta Christian, 32-14, in their most recent outing.
Series history: LMA was a 34-7 winner a year ago in the first game between the two schools in seven years.
Heathwood Hall vs. St. Joseph’s
Site: Highlanders Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: The former SCISA Knights are off to a 3-1 start after going 2-8 in their first season of varsity football and their first year as a High School League member. The Greenville-based school whipped Calhoun Falls 58-20 for its third straight win after opening the season with a 34-31 loss to Southside Christian The Highlanders are still looking for their first win under new coach Jon Wheeler. HH fell to 0-4 (overall and conference) after falling 42-14 to Wilson Hall.
Series history: The Highlanders bagged a 26-14 win in the first meeting of the teams last season.