Ben Lippen vs. Hammond
Site: Hathaway-Weeber Stadium.
Game notes: Hammond (7-0, 5-0) exploded for a notable 65-35 win at Porter-Gaud. It was the 18th straight win for the Skyhawks, which matches a school record, and the points scored total was the second highest in school annals – the biggest points yield in 35 years, in fact, dating back to the 68 points scored in a 1977 game against long defunct Calhoun Academy of Walterboro. Quayshon Myers, a senior who is taking full advantage of his first season of fulltime offensive duty, ran for 171 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries and caught two passes for 59 yards and another score. QB Jake Nidiffer was 16-for-18 passing for 353 yards and four TDs. Braden Shockley was the receiving star with eight catches for 228 yards and three tallies. In all, Hammond rolled up 619 yards on the attack. Ron Brown was the defensive standout with 16 tackles, one interception and one hit that caused a fumble Ben Lippen (2-4, 1-4) jumped out to a 26-0 lead by halftime and coasted it a 46-27 win over host Pinewood Prep for its first SCISA region success. Tyler Renew powered the Falcons to victory in Summerville with a 229-yard, five-touchdown running performance. To date, Renew has 897 yards rushing on 133 attempts and has scored 118 total points – 19 touchdowns, one two-point conversion. Paul Amick led the way on defense against Pinewood with 12 tackles, two tackles for loss, two QB hurries and one sack. Amisck is second on the team in tackles with 41 stops and leads the club with five sacks. Series history: Hammond has won three in a row against Ben Lippen and leads the series by a 14-4 margin.
Cardinal Newman vs. Wilson Hall
Site: George Watson Field.
Game notes: Cardinal Newman (3-4, 2-3) pulled off an exciting, come-from-behind 25-21 win over visiting Heathwood Hall last week. The back-and-forth struggle went down to the end when CN’s Zakki Parker scored a decisive touchdown on a 5-yard run. It was a big deal for the longer suffering Cardinals who never won more than one region game in any of the six more recent seasons – a span that saw then go 1-33 in conference matters. The victory also give CN an excellent shot at making the SCISA playoff cut for the first time since 2005. Quarterback Kody Watson was the Cardinals’ offensive star – connecting on 20 of 29 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns, and also score one TD by land. Parker’s night also included 76 yards rushing on 20 totes. Receivers Austin Ajukwa and Jacob August also played key roles. Ajukwa hauled in five passes for 122 yards and one scored, while August netted 88 yards and one TD on eight receptions. Ajukwa also had one interception on defense. Garrett McNerney was the defensive leader with 11 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery Wilson Hall (4-2, 3-2) is fresh from its most impressive win of the campaign – a 42-7 rout of Orangeburg Prep. Jay Goodson ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries to headline the Barons triumph. Goodson has 567 yards and five TDs on 100 carries to date.
Series history: Wilson Hall has won seven in a row and 18 of 21 meetings since Cardinal Newman joined the SCISA ranks for good in 1996.
Pinewood Prep vs. Heathwood Hall
Site: Pinewood Stadium.
Game notes: The Highlanders (2-4, 2-3) are coming off a bitter 25-21 loss to Cardinal Newman, but can virtually lock up a SCISA playoff spot with a win in Summerville against the lowly Panthers (1-5, 0-5). Heathwood Hall had its most productive ground game of the season against CN, finishing with a net of 248 yards and a 7.8 average per carry. It was a team effort behind Joe Thompson (14-69-1), Brandon Hill (3-55-0), Shelton Blue (5-53-0), quarterback Will Detwiller (8-46-1) and an improving offensive line. Thompson is the season rushing leader with 436 yards and five touchdowns on 88 carries. Blue has 301 yards rushing and leads the team in receiving with 11 catches for 163 yards.
Series history: The Highlanders prevailed 28-0 last season to take a 3-2 lead in the series.