Hammond vs. Wilson Hall
Site: Edens Stadium.
Game notes: The Skyhawks (4-0, 2-0 SCISA conference) bounced back from a subpar offensive outing against Orangeburg Prep with more characteristic performance last week in a 39-0 rout of Laurance Manning Academy last week. Jake Nidiffer was 13-for-17 passing for 251 yards and four touchdowns. Four different receivers caught scoring passes – Doak Fisher, Braden Shockley, Cannon Smith and Quayshon Myers. Myers also ran for 164 yards and one TD on 16 carries. The Skyhawks defense allowed the Swampcats to gain just 190 yards – all on the ground. William Love and Shockley shared the team tackle lead with 10 stops apiece. Logan Smith had two TFL and Sam Ulmer had the lone takeaway – an interception To date, Nidiffer is 43-for-79 passing for 707 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Myers has run for 607 yards and eight TDs on 68 carries and caught six passes for 157 yards and one score. Fisher (15-193-3) and Smith (12-182-1) are the top receivers. Love tops the hit parade with 36 tackles. Ron Brown has 25 tackles and two interceptions Hammond is riding a 15-game winning streak since losing to Wilson Hall in the second game of the regular season a year ago. The Skyhawks avenged that loss by nipping the Barons 13-9 in the SCISA championship game to secures their sixth straight independent school title Wilson Hall enters with a 2-1 overall record, 1-1 in SCISA conference action. The Barons opened the season with a conference loss to Augusta Christian. The team is operating under their third coach in the last three years. The new man is Bruce Lane. Jay Goodson ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s 35-16 win over neighboring Thomas Sumter Academy. QB Tyler Pannell was 9-for-15 passing for 97 yards and had 60 yards and two tally by land. Series history: The series has been a competitive one through the years, but streaky. The bottom line each team has nine wins since Hammond rejoined the SCISA ranks in 1997, but the Skyhawks have prevailed in eight of the last 10 meetings since its SCISA reign began in 2006.
Heathwood Hall vs. Laurence Manning Academy
Site: Highlanders Stadium.
Game notes: Heathwood Hall (1-2, 1-1 SCISA conference) bagged its first win of the season last week, downing Midlands rival Ben Lippen 31-27. The Highlander ran the ball effectively – gaining 239 yards in all. Joe Thompson topped the list with 113 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Fellow senior Shelton Blue had 66 yards on nine attempts. Defensively, the Highlanders limited the Falcons to just 151 yards and finished with four takeaways. The most critical was an interception that strong safety Brandon Hill returned for a touchdown that proved to be the decisive score of the game. Blue (13 tackles, 1 interception), Edwin Propst (12 tackles), Gabe Brandner (10 tackles, 1 force fumble, a pass break-up) and John Louis Orlandini (7 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 force fumble, 2 pass break-ups) were the other major defensive contributors Laurence Manning (3-1, 1-1) is coming off its first loss of the season against Hammond. Series history: LMA has won two in a row to cut the Highlanders series lead to 8-6.
Pinewood Prep vs. Cardinal Newman
Site: Pinewood Stadium.
Game notes: The Cardinals (1-3, 0-2 SCISA conference) took a 55-15 loss at home last week to unbeaten Augusta Christian. CN trailed 41-3 at halftime, and ended up yielding 494 total offensive yards to the potent Lions. Cole Bacon had 78 yards rushing and one touchdown on nine carries To date, Bacon has 201 yards and two TDS while averaging 6.5 yards per carry. Zakki Parker has 324 yards and three scores with a 9.3-yard average. QB Kody Watson is 39-for-78 passing for 571 yards and four touchdowns. The top receivers are Jacob August (14-258-2) and Austin Ajukwa (12-176-2). Bacon is also a leader on defense with 40 tackles and two fumble recoveries Pinewood Prep (1-2, 0-2) is coming off a 23-6 conference road loss to Orangeburg Prep. Series history: Cardinal Newman won the first-ever meeting of the teams in 2006, but has since dropped three in a row to the Panthers, including last season’s 14-10 decision.