Porter-Gaud vs. Ben Lippen
Site: Singleton Field, Charleston.
Game notes: Ben Lippen running back Tyler Renew opens his senior season in the city where he will continue his career on the college level at The Citadel. Renew ran for 1,267 yards and scored 23 touchdowns a year ago, and will take a regular turn on defense this season The youthful Falcons are coming off a 4-7 season, which was the first losing mark since 2006 and the first under coach Reggie Shaw Porter-Gaud went 8-4 a year ago and is 26-11 in three seasons under coach Rick Reetz. Replacing Hudson Worthy, the school’s all-time leader passer, is the major challenge for the Cyclones this season
Series history: P-G prevailed in the first seven meetings of the teams, but the series has been a toss-up for the past four seasons. Ben Lippen scored wins in 2008 and 2009. The Cyclones rebounded with close wins in the last two outings – 31-27 in 2010, 31-28 a year ago.
Cardinal Newman vs. Laurence Manning Academy
Site: George Watson Field.
Game notes:Cardinal Newman scored an impressive 49-14 win over North Central last week in its first game under new coach Brandon Tidwell. Quarterback Kody Watson and running backs Zakki Parker and Evan Dubois shared the offensive spotlight. Watson was 9-for-13 passing for 187 yards and one touchdown and ran for another score. Parker ran wild with 201 yards and three TDs on 13 carries. Dubois added 100 yards and one tally to the cause. On defense, Garrett McNerney (15 tackles), Cole Bacon (12) and Bryce Spigener (11) led the hit parade LMA opened the season with a 33-13 rout of Florence Christian. The Swampcats went 5-7 a year ago – the four losing season in the last five years.
Series history: LMA nipped the Cardinals 24-21 last season for its fourth straight win in the series. CN’s last success against the Swampcats was in 2001.
Hammond vs. Charlotte Christian
Site: Edens Stadium.
Game notes: The six-time defending SCISA 3A champion Skyhawks opened the new campaign with a 37-0 romp over Hilton Head Christian last week. It was Hammond’s 11th consecutive season-opening win. Quarterback Jake Nidiffer was 14-for-27 passing for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Quayshon Myers ran for 191 yards and three TDs on 18 carries and caught three passes for 52 yards in an impressive debut in a starting role. Doak Fisher led the receivers with five catches for 90 yards and two scores. William Love and Ron Brown were the tackle leaders on defense with eight and seven stops, respectively The Knights from Charlotte also opened with a rousing success last week, whipping Northeast Academy 41-0.
Series history: The teams are meeting for the first time since 1998. Hammond and Charlotte Christian were league rivals in the old PAC and CISAA organizations in the 1980s and 1990s before the Skyhawks returned to the SCISA fold in 1997.
Christ Church vs. Heathwood Hall
Site: Christ Church. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Heathwood Hall has a tough assignment in its “Episcopal Bowl” game against Christ Church of Greenville. The host Cavaliers have become a small-school force in High School League Class 1A circles under former Greenville and Riverside coach Don Frost. CCES went 12-1 for the second year in a row in 2011, and claimed the 1A Division II championship with an easy win over Lake View. It was the Cavs’ first state title in 34 years The Highlanders are beginning their second season under former Hammond assistant Jon Wheeler. Heathwood went 3-8 last season and has won only five games since losing to mighty Hammond in the 2009 title game.
Series history: The series returns after a two-season break. Heathwood Hall scored 25-21 win in the last meeting in 2009, cutting the CCES lead to 6-5.