Hammond vs. Augusta Christian
Site: Edens Stadium.
Game notes: Friday night’s contest matches the two remaining unbeaten teams in the Class 3A SCISA ranks. Hammond is 8-0 overall, 6-0 in SCISA matters, while Augusta Christian stands at 7-0, 6-0 Six-time defending independent schools champion Hammond is riding a 19-game winning streak. The Skyhawks established a new school record for consecutive wins in last week’s 33-14 conquest of Ben Lippen. Quayshon Myers was the Hammond headliner with a four-touchdown night. The senior running back ran for 214 yards and three TDs on 21 carries and had three catches for 26 yards and another tally. QB Jake Nidiffer was 13-for-19 passing for 171 yards two touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions. Cannon Smith hauled in the other scoring pass from Nidiffer. Up front, tackle Peter McWilliams graded out at 88% and had one pancake block. William Love had a team-high 12 tackles, but the defensive star was end Beau Acuff, who had eight tackles, two tackles for loss and two sacks Augusta Christian is off to its best start since joining SCISA in 2004. The Lions crushed Porter-Gaud 58-26 at home last week to keep pace with Hammond and set up the Week 8 showdown. QB Tyler Roberson and Thomas Banks were the AC offensive standouts. Roberson ran for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries and had 67 yards passing and one scoring toss. Banks ran for 116 yards and one score on 14 carries. Sean Sweeting had one scoring run and one scoring catch, plus one interception on defense. To date Roberson is 68-for-110 passing for 1,301 yards and 13 touchdowns with no interceptions. He has 608 yards rushing and 13 TDs on 65 attempts. Banks has a team high 760 rushing yards on 79 totes and scored seven times. Sweeting has five scores by land, two by air.
Series history: Hammond has won 10 in a row and 12 of the 13 meetings with the Lions from Georgia.
Porter-Gaud vs. Cardinal Newman
Site: Singleton Field, Charleston.
Game notes: Cardinal Newman (4-4, 3-3) continues to make positive strides under new coach Brandon Tidwell. Last week, the on-the rise Cardinals scored a dramatic 39-37 win over Wilson Hall. It was CN’s first success against the Barons in seven years and gave the long-suffering program back-to-back wins for the first time since 2005. If the Cardinals need two wins over the final three weeks of the regular season to secure its first winning record since 1998. One more win assures CN a trip to the SCISA playoffs for the first time since 2005 Kody Watson produced the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run with 1:42 left in the game. Watson was 15-for-24 pass for 200 yards. Zakki Parker erupted for 162 yards rushing on 20 carries, including scoring runs of 80 and 11 yards. Cole Bacon had a team high 19 tackles on defense and two short scoring runs on the other side of the ball. In all, the Cardinals defense had four takeaways – one interception by Mark Schimmoeller and fumble recoveries by Garrett McNerney, Jacob August and Stefone Brown. McNerney 28-yard return for what proved to a vital touchdown Porter-Gaud (2-5, 2-4) has dropped five in a row, including last week’s blowout loss to Augusta Christian.
Series history: Cardinal Newman prevailed min the first meeting of the teams in 1990, but the Cyclones have since downed the Cards in 13 straight encounters.
Heathwood Hall vs. Wilson Hall
Site: Highlander Stadium.
Game notes: Heathwood Hall (3-4, 3-3) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 39-33 win over Pinewood Prep. Will Detwiller had a career game for the Highlanders, connecting on 11 of 17 passes for 190 yards and five touchdowns. Nelson Weston was the top receiver with five catches for 107 yards and two TDs, and Shelton Blue’s two receptions netted 30 yards and two scores. Joe Thompson led the way on the ground with 101 yards on 11 attempts. John Louis Orlandini and Brandon Hall shared the team tackle lead with 10 stops apiece, and Weston Hardee had nine tackles. Hall, Hardee, Logan McGill and Gabe Brandner all were credited with two tackles for loss Wilson Hall (4-3, 3-3) is looking to rebound from a 39-37 loss to Cardinal Newman.
Series history: The Barson have won three in a row to slice Heaththwood's series advantage to 14-11.
Orangeburg Prep vs. Ben Lippen
Site: OP Stadium.
Game notes: Ben Lippen (2-5, 1-5) is running out of time in its quest to make to the SCISA playoff cut. Knocking off the favored Indians would be a huge shot of confidence for the Falcons, who are coming off a 33-14 loss to Hammond. BL actually had a 7-0 lead entering the second quarter, courtesy of a short scoring run by Tyler Renew and a PAT. The Skyhawks responded with 33 unanswered points. Renew finished with 92 yards rushing. QB Robert Barrow was 11-for-18 passing for 170 yards and one touchdown. Michael Parks had a good game on defense with nine tackles, two interceptions and two PBUs. Renew needs 11 yards to reach the 1,000-yard barrier for the second season in a row. The senior has 989 yards on 156 carries and leads the team is scoring with 120 points on 20 TDs and two PAT runs Orangeburg Prep (5-3, 4-2) blanked Laurence Manning Academy 28-0 last week and has won four of five games since getting off to a 1-2 start.
Series history: OP was a 34-14 winner a year ago, cutting the Falcons series lead to a single game, 7-6.