Pinewood Prep vs. Hammond
Site: Pinewood Stadium, Summerville. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Storyline: Hammond’s primary focus will be on the field, but there will be plenty of interest in the outcome of the Augusta Christian-Wilson Hall game in Georgia. The Skyhawks will be rooting for a win by AC. That is the only outcome that will give the Skyhawks a clear shot at retaining its run of region championships. AC and Wilson Hall are both 4-0 in conference matters. Wilson Hall has already beaten Hammond. If AC wins, and Hammond can continue its mastery of Augusta Christian in the final week of the regular season, the Skyhawks can at least finished with a share of first place.
Game notes: The Skyhawks (4-1, 3-1) stayed in the SCISA 3A conference title hunt with a convincing 35-7 win over Ben Lippen, even though senior star B.J. Bennett suffered a shoulder injury that could put him on the shelf for a few weeks. Bennett had 358 yards rushing, 315 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns on the books. RB Joey DeAngelis has 706 yards rushing on 75 carries so far. QB Jake Nidiffer is 51-for-83 passing for 912 yards and eight TDs with just four interceptions. Jordan Cox (26 tackles, 2 sacks) and Braden Shockley (22 tackles, 3 interceptions) are among the Hammond season defensive leaders Pinewood Prep (2-3, 1-3) is coming off a 34-3 loss to Wilson Hall.
Series history: Hammond is 6-0 against the Panthers since 2008 – 3-0 in the regular season; 3-0 in the playoffs.
Laurence Manning Academy vs. Heathwood Hall
Site: Billy Chitwood Field. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Heathwood Hall (1-4, 0-4) is coming off a 27-14 non-region win over St. Joseph’s. The Highlanders rallied from a 14-10 halftime deficit. QB Will Detwiler and WR Shelton Whittaker hooked up on a 55-yard scoring pass in the third quarter to put Heathwood ahead for good. Detwiler is 50-for-115 passing for 746 yards and four touchdowns to date. Whittaker has 24 catches for 248 yards on the books LMA (4-2, 2-2) is coming off a tight, 24-21 win over Cardinal Newman.
Series history: LMA closed out a four-game losing streak against the Highlanders with a 27-14 win last season, in the process cutting Heathwood Hall’s series lead to 8-5.
Porter-Gaud vs. Ben Lippen
Site: Singleton Field. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Fresh from a decisive 35-7 loss to Hammond, Ben Lippen (3-2, 2-2) face another major challenge in Charleston. RB Tyler Renew has held to a season-low 123 yards rushing, but he is still the top rushing (1,048 yards) in the Midlands and the second-highest scoring play in the area (14 touchdowns, 84 points). Getting a little more support from the passing game is a must. QB Austin Irish had a rough passing game at Hammond – 3-for-18 for 43 yards and three interceptions Porter-Gaud (3-2, 2-2) is one of the teams the Falcons are in competition with for a top four finish in the conference and a home date in the first round of the state playoffs.
Series history: Ben Lippen broke the Cyclones spell with back-to-back wins (2008-09) but Porter-Gaud regained the upper hand with a tight, 31-27 win in Columbia last season. P-G now leads the series by an 8-2 margin.
Orangeburg Prep vs. Cardinal Newman
Site: OP Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Cardinal Newman (0-5, 0-4) played well but dropped a 24-21 decision to Laurence Manning Academy last week. The Cardinals have not won a SCISA region game since 2003 OP (3-2, 2-2) are coming off a wilds 41-34 loss to Porter-Gaud.
Series history: OP prevailed 33-7 last season. It was the Indians’ sixth straight win over the Cardinals. CN’s last success in the series was in 1998.