Augusta Christian vs. Ben Lippen
Site: AC Stadium, Martinez, GA.
Game notes: Augusta Christian, fresh from an 8-4 season and a semifinal playoff run, opened the season and the SCISA 3A campaign with an impressive 27-21 road win at Wilson Hall last week. The Lions have a proven running game featuring Thomas Banks, a 1,000-yard man in 2011, and 240-pouind fullback Sean Sweating. If the passing game improves, AC will be even more difficult to stop Senior Tyler Renew ran for 237 yards on 26 carries, caught two passes for 76 yards and scored 26 points, but Ben Lippen fell 54-27 to Porter-Gaud in its season/conference opener last week in Charleston. The Falcons hung close in the first half, but the Cyclones blew them out with a 27-7 run after the break. Robert Barrow had 169 yards passing and one scoring toss in his debut as the starting quarterback. Greg Williamson (9 tackles) and Jeff Foose (8) were the top hit men on defense.
Series history: The Falcons have dropped eight of 10 encounters with the Lions from Georgia, including first-round playoff losses in each of the past two seasons.
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Cardinal Newman vs. St. Joseph’s
Site: George Watson Field.
Game notes: After opening the season with a rousing win over public-school North Central, the Cardinals cam back to earth in a 31-7 loss to Laurence Manning Academy in their SCISA 3A opener. Evan Dubois’ scoring run late in the first quarter evened the scored at 7-7, but it was all Swampcats thereafter. CN finished with 220 total offensive yards. Cole Bacon was the leader with 72 yards rushing on 13 carries. He also topped the team with 12 tackles on defense. Garrett McNerney was next of the tackle list with 11 stops St. Joseph’s, a former region rival before moving from SCISA to the High School League ranks, is off to a 2-0 start with one-point wins over Barnwell (27-26 on Aug. 17) and Blacksburg (28-27 on Aug. 24). The Knights did not play football during its days in SCISA. St. Joseph’s went 4-7 in their second season a year ago and qualified for the state playoff for the first time.
Series history: This is the first meeting of the two Catholic schools.
Orangeburg Prep vs. Hammond
Site: OP Stadium.
Game notes: OP (1-1) is coming off a 40-15 road win at Thomas Sumter. QB Reed Grubbs had was 15-for-21 passing for 220 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for 70 yards on 10 carries Six-time defending SCISA champion Hammond scored a tough 21-17 win over visiting Charlotte Christian to improve to 2-0 in non-region tune-ups. Quayshon Myers ran wild for the Skyhawks, amassing 190 yards on 29 totes and scoring all three Hammond TDs. Myers had 381 yards and six TDs to date. The Skyhawk defense limited CC to 226 total yards (only 69 on the ground). William Love had seven tackle and two pass break-ups, while Grant Hensley and Ron Brown had one interception apiece.
Series history: The Skyhawks have won 10 in a row from the Indians, and are 14-3 in the series since returning to the SCISA fold in 1997.
Heathwood Hall vs. Porter-Gaud
Site: Heathwood Hall Stadium.
Game notes: Heathwood Hall opened the season with a 38-21 loss to Christ Chruch in the so-called “Episcopal Bowl” played in Greenville. The Highlanders struggled on offense against the SCHSL Class 1A Division II champion Cavaliers – managing just 49 yards by air, 51 by land. Quarterback Will Detwiled had one scored run and one scoring pass, and Edwin Propst had an interception return tally.
Series history: The Cyclones from Charleston have won two in a row to cut the Highlanders’ series lead to 14-13.