Hammond vs. Cardinal Newman
Site: Edens Stadium.
Game notes: Cardinal Newman (2-3, 1-2) is coming off a 42-7 rout of Pinewood Prep that netted Brandon Tidewell’s team its first SCISA 3A conference win. The Cardinals opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 3-yard run by Evan DuBois, but the big move came in the second when quarterback Kody Watson threw three touchdown passes to help expand the CN lead to 28-0 by halftime. Two of the scoring tosses went to Auistin Ajukwa. Watson finished with 346 passing yards and four TD tosses while connecting on 20 of 30 throws. Ajukwa had seven catches for 237 yards and two TDs. Jacob August had six receptions for 57 yards and two scores and booted a 37-yard field goal. DoBois paced the ground game with 62 yards on 17 carries. Garrett McNerney had nine tackles to headline the stellar defensive effort. The Cardinals had three sacks and three takeaways. Cole Bacon, Bowen Lawrence and Mac Snoddy had the sacks, Chris Kolp and Brendan Jervey recovered PP fumbles and Mackie Reibold picked off a Panther pass To date, Watson is 59-for-108 passing for 917 yards and eight touchdowns. Zakki Parker (35-324-3), DuBois (70-308-3) and Cole Bacon (40-245-3) share the rushing load. August 20-315-4) and Ajukwa (19-413-4) are the primary receivers. McNerney (48 tackles), Bacon (46) and Bryce Spigner (37) are the top hit men on defense Hammond (5-0, 3-0) keeps rolling along, but pulled out another close one last week, downing Wilson Hall 14-7. The Skyhawks are riding a 16-game winning streak, matching the second longest roll in school history. Jake Nidiffer was 12-for-19 passing last week against the Barons for 204 yards and one touchdown. Quayshon Myers rang up 126 yards rushing and one TD on 25 attempts. Nidiffer’s scoring toss went to Braden Shockley who finished with five catches for 83 yards. Shockley played a big role on defense, as well, with 10 tackles. Ron Brown led the hit parade with 11 tackles, and William Love also had 10 stops. Beau Acuff contributed five tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery to the cause Nidiffer is 55-for-98 passing for 911 yards and seven touchdowns so far. Myers has 733 yards rushing and nine TDs on 93 totes and he also has nine catches for 183 yards and another tally. Doak Fisher (15-193-3), Cannon Smith (14-224-1) and Shockley (13-244-3) share the wealth in the passing game. Love leads the team with 46 tackles and three pass break-ups. Brown has 36 tackles and two interceptions.
Series history: Hammond has won 10 in a row against CN, and enjoys a command 20-5 lead in the series. The Cardinals last success against the Skyhawks came in 2001.
Heathwood Hall vs. Orangeburg Prep
Site: Highlanders Stadium.
Game notes: Heathwood Hall (2-2, 2-1) picked up an important 12-9 win at Laurence Manning Academy last week and this week’s game against Orangeburg Prep could prove vital in the race to finish in the top four spots of the SCISA 3A conference and rate a home game in the first round of the playoffs The Highlanders held the Swampcats to less than 300 yards on total offense, and shut down the LMA running attack in the second half – surrendering only 33 yards on 21 attempts after allowing 146 yards on 25 attempts prior to intermission. It was a team effort by the HH defense. Logan McGill (16 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 pass breakup). Nelson Weston (12 tackles, (3 TFL, 2 pass breakups), Brandon Hill (11 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 pass breakup), Gabe Brandner (11 tackles, 2 TFL), Shelton Blue (10 tackles), Edwin Propst (10 tackles), John Louis Orlandini (7 tackles, 1 TFL) and Weston Hardee (6 tackles, 2 TFL) all had a hand in the winning effort Offensively, the Highlanders did just enough to back the defense. Joe Thompson was the leader with 105 yards rushing and one touchdown on 17 carries. Hill had the other scoring run OP (3-2, 2-1) is coming off a big 15-14 win over Porter-Gaud. The Indians trailed 14-3 at halftime but rallied to shock the host Cyclones. Quarterback Marion McCurry and receiver Derek Andrews teamed up for two decisive fourth-quarter touchdown passes. McCurry threw for 233 yards and Andrews finished with 109 receiving yards.
Series history: OP has won the two most recent confrontations, but the Highlanders have prevailed in 13 of the 17 meetings.
Laurance Manning Academy vs. Ben Lippen
Site: Billy Chitwood Field.
Game notes: The host Swampcats (3-2, 1-2) are reeling after suffering back-to-back SCISA setbacks to Orangeburg Prep and Heathwood Hall ... Ben Lippen (1-3, 0-3) posted its first win last week – a 43-24 conquest of C.A. Johnson. The Falcons spotted the Green Hornets a 12-0 lead before righting the ship with a 23-0 run into the second quarter. Michael Parks capped the big move with a 64-yard interception return tally. Tyler Renew ran for 117 yards and three touchdowns to lead the way for Ben Lippen. Quarterback Robert Barrow was 12-for-25 passing for 149 yards and one TD. Greg Williamson had a team-high seven tackles, while Dylan Grunsky was credited with five tackles, two for loss, one sack and one 1 safety ... Renew now has 566 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on the season. Barrow has 502 yards passing on the books. Alex DeBoer is the top receiver with 15 catches for 183 yards and two scores. Williamson leads the Falcons on defense with 36 tackles, and Paul Amick has four sacks to date.
Series history: Ben Lippen has won two in a row to assume a 3-2 series lead. The Falcons rolled to a 43-12 decision last season.