Laurence Manning Academy vs. Hammond
Site: Billy Chitwood Field.
Game notes: It’s an early season showdown between two teams sporting identical 3-0, 1-0 records Hammond opened SCISA Class 3A conference play last week with a tough 7-6 win over Orangeburg Prep. The Skyhawks struggled offensively, managing only 168 yards – 86 by land, 82 by air. The difference was the Hammond defense, which allowed only two OP field goals. Ultimately, Quoyshon Myers’ 6-yard scoring run with 9:04 left in the fourth quarter and Ken Krupa’s PAT kick provided the points required for victory. Ron Brown (11 tackles, 1 interception), William Love (8 tackles, 2 TFL) and Beau Acuff (8 tackles, 2 TFL) were the defensive headliners. The Skyhawks are riding a 12-game winning streak LMA stayed unbeaten with a 33-13 rout of Hilton Head Prep. Tyshawn has three rushing touchdowns for the Swampcats.
Series history: The Skyhawks swept two games from the Swampcats last season, including a 44-7 lark in the first round of the playoffs. Hammond has won 10 in a row in the series, dating back to last LMA success in 2002.
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Heathwood Hall vs. Ben Lippen
Site: Heathwood Hall Stadium.
Game notes: Both teams stand at 0-2 overall, 0-1 in SCISA conference play. Ben Lippen is coming off a 45-28 loss to Augusta Christian. Tyler Renew makes the Falcons go offensively. The senior running back has 328 yards rushing on 53 carries and five touchdowns. Quarterback Robert Barrow 25-for-54 passing for 353 yards and one touchdown Heathwood Hall fell 27-21 to Porter-Gaud in Charleston last week. Quarterback Will Detwiler was 7-for-15 passing for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Shelton Blue had a fine all around game – running for 111 yards on 17 carries and catching two passes for 30 yards on offense, while recording eight tackles, two TFL and blocking one PAT kick on defense. Logan McGill and Edwin Propst had the scoring catches. Brandon Hill (10 tackles, 1 TFL) and John Louis Orlandini (8 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 interception) were the other Highlander defensive leaders.
Series history: Ben Lippen has won two in a row, including last season’s 24-3 decision, to cut Heathwood Hall’s series down to 9-7.
Cardinal Newman vs. Augusta Christian
Site: George Watson Field.
Game notes: Cardinal Newman (1-2, 0-1) returns to SCISA conference play falling 38-23 to St. Joseph’s last week. The Cards finished with 186 yards passing and all three touchdowns came through the air. Austin Ajukwa caught two of the scoring tosses – one from Koty Watson and one from running back Zakki Parker. Watson finished 9-for-16 for 157 yards. Ajukwa, out for football for the first time, and Jacob August both had four catches. Ajukwa finished with 70 yards, August 64. Parker rang up 100 yards rushing on 11 carries. Coleman Baker had the other scoring catch. Bryce Spigener and Bacon was the leading tacklers with 13 and 10, respectively To date, Parker has 310 yards and three TDs on 33 carries. Watson is 30-for-53 passing for 429 yards and three scores. Ajukwa and August both have 10 receptions. Garrett McNerney (35 tackles), Bacon (34) and Spigener (33) are the top hit men of defense Augusta Christian is off to a 2-0 start, including a 45-28 romp against Ben Lippen last week. The Lions jumped out to a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and carried a 28-6 edge into halftime. Quarterback Tyler Roberson is 27-for-38 passing for 473 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. Roberson is also the top running threat with 181 yards rushing and four scores. The top receiver is Nick Fortenberry, who has 25 catches for 268 yards and two TDs.
Series history: Augusta Christian has dominated the series, going 8-0 against the Cardinals since joining SCISA in 2004.