Ben Lippen vs. Wilson Hall
Site: Hataway-Weeber Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Ben Lippen (3-3, 2-3) is coming off a tough 31-28 loss to Porter-Gaud. The Falcons tied the score in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard scoring run by Tyler Renew and Tuck Benefield’s PAT kick, but the host Cyclones avoided overtime by kicking a game-winning, 22-yard field goal with two seconds left in regulation Wilson Hall (7-0, 5-0) took command of the SCISA 3A conference championship race by defeating Augusta Christian 27-20 in Georgia. The Barons rallied for 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Running backs James Lowery and Daniel Drakeford are at the forefront of a rushing attack that has produced 2,001 yards already. Lowery has 603 yards and scored four touchdowns, while Drakeford has 518 yards and eight TDs on the books.
Series history: Ben Lippen won the first two meetings of the teams after joining the SCISA ranks in 1998, but the Barons have since won 12 in a row against the Falcons.
Cardinal Newman vs. Porter-Gaud
Site: George Watson Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The Cardinals (0-6, 0-5) managed only 150 offensive years in a 41-7 loss to Orangeburg Prep last week. It was the 21st consecutive loss for CN. On the plus side was an outstanding performance by Matt Erdman, who was credited with 23 total tackles and four sacks Porter-Gaud (4-2. 3-2) pulled out a 31-28 decision against Ben Lippen last week when Trey Lowe hit a 22-yard field goal with two seconds remaining. Hudson Worthy makes the Cyclones go on offense. The senior quarterback is 114-for-175 passing for 1,490 yards and 11 touchdowns with just three interceptions.
Series history: P-G has won eight in a row in the series since Cardinal Newman’s last success in 1990.
Hammond vs. Laurence Manning Academy
Site: Edens Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Joey DeAngelis ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns, caught a 65-yard scoring pass and returned a punt 75 yards for another score in last week’s 42-10 romp over Pinewood Prep. Roo Daniels graded out at 90% for his work at center and had 12 tackles and two sacks on defense. Sophomore linebacker Doak Fisher opicked off two passes and returned both for touchdowns LMA (5-2, 3-2) stayed in contention for a home date in the first round of the state playoffs with a 13-10 win over Heathwood Hall.
Series history: The Skyhawks have won eight straight since the last Swampcats triumph in 2002.
Heathwood Hall vs. Augusta Christian
Site: Highlander Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Heathwood Hall (1-5, 0-5) fell 13-10 to Laurence Manning Academy and enters the final four weeks of the SCISA 3A Conference campaign needing two wins ... Augusta Christian (4-2, 4-1) dropped out of the conference title race after suffering a 27-20 loss to Wilson Hall.
Series history: The series pre-dates Augusta Christian’s decision to cross the state line and join the SCISA fold in 2004. The teams first clashed in 1988. AC has won three of the last four to cut Heathwood Hall’s series lead to 7-5.