Hammond vs. Heathwood Hall
Site: Edens Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Hammond (7-1, 6-1 SCISA 3A) welcomed the return of B.J. Bennett to the lineup last week and the senior responded with 186 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 26 carries in a 28-21 win that clinched at least one home date in the approaching independent school playoffs for the five-time defending champion Skyhawks. Bennett, out for two weeks with a shoulder injury, filled the backfield void created by the career-ending knee injury suffered by fellow senior Joey DeAngelis the week prior. QB Jake Nidiffer was 13-for-23 passing for 206 yards and one TD. TE Cannon Smith had five catches for 85 yards and a TD and graded out at 88% in blocking matters. OLB Ron Brown and DE Robbie Gandy played well on defense with 12 and eight tackles, respectively Heathwood Hall (2-6, 1-6) has won two of three, including last week’s 28-0 home win over Pinewood Prep. It was the first SCISA conference win of the season for the Highlanders, who can clinch a playoff spot with an upset this week.
Series history: It’s been a streaky series through the years, and these days the Skyhawks have been in command – winning six of the last seven meetings to take an overall 18-14 lead.
Cardinal Newman vs. Ben Lippen
Site: George Watson Field. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Ben Lippen (4-4, 3-4 SCISA 3A) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 43-12 win over Laurence Manning Academy. The Falcons simply overpowered the Swampcats with a 423-yard rushing attack. Tyler Renew dashed for 203 yards on 25 carries and scored four touchdowns. Tuck Benefield added 173 yards rushing, scored two TDs in support including a 77-yard scoring run, went 5-for-5 in PATs and also added a 48-yard kickoff return to the cause Cardinal Newman (0-8, 0-7) suffered its 23rd consecutive loss – a 42-7 decision to unbeaten Wilson Hall. Matt Erdman had 15 tackles, giving him 104 stops on the season. For all the woes, the Cardinal can still make the SCISA playoffs, but must win their final two games to do so.
Series history: Ben Lippen has won five in a row to increase its series advantage to 10-4.