THIS WEEK’s FOCUS is on SCISA schools.
Hammond is at the top but it is clear that Augusta Christian is going to be a handful.
Skyhawks quarterback Jake Nidiffer threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns in Hammond’s 48-13 win over Cardinal Newman. Senior wide receiver Braden Shockley accounted for 156 yards and had an interception on defense. Running back Quayshon Myers rushed for 172 yards.
Augusta Christian rolled over Pinewood Prep, 40-6. The Lions are known for their ground game, but senior quarterback Tyler Roberson was 12 of 14 for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
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The Lions (5-0) and Skyhawks (6-0) have two more games before they begin preparation for their meeting.
Trying to overcome youth
Wilson Hall is under new direction this season with a young roster. The Barons (3-2) are No. 3 in the SCVarsity.com SCISA Top 10 and pounded Porter-Gaude, 37-14. Junior running back Parker McDuffie rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns.
One of the head-scratchers in SCISA is Ben Lippen’s hardship season. Coach Reggie Shaw is struggling with a youth factor. The Falcons (1-4) are relying on young players, such as sophomore quarterback Robert Barrow and freshman wide receiver Alec Deboar.
Last season, Thomas Heyward Academy was knocked from the SCISA playoffs by Thomas Sumter, 28-7. On Friday night, it appears the Rebels played the Generals with a strong memory of that game, resulting in a 54-14 payback. Ryan Day rushed for 164 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Rebels (6-0). Day now has rushed for 811 yards and 12 touchdowns.
SCVARSITY SCISA Top 10
1. Hammond (6-0): Giving Jake Nidifer a bigger role will help the Skyhawks. Next: No. 6 Porter Gaude.
2. Augusta Christian (5-0): Lions should get two easy wins before facing Hammond. Next: No. 8 Laurence Manning
3. Wilson Hall (3-2): Impressive on offense, finally; strong defense. Next: No. 5 Orangeburg Prep
4. Thomas Heyward (6-0): One of hottest teams in the league. Next: St. Andrews
5. Orangeburg Prep (4-2): Strong defense; must get healthy on offense. Next: at No. 3 Wilson Hall
6. Porter-Gaude (2-3): Struggling with rebuilding. Next: No. 1 Hammond
7. Heathwood Hall (2-3): Took it on the chin last week. Next: at Cardinal Newman
8. Laurence Manning (4-2): Swampcats in for an awakening after knocking off Falcons. Next: No. 1 Augusta Christian
9. Hilton Head Christian (4-1): Rolled this past week to get back in polls. Next: at Thomas Sumter
10. Ben Lippen (1-4): Led by youth, getting edged by good teams. Next: Pinewood Prep