Augusta Christian (8-0, 7-0 SCISA 3A) vs. Heathwood Hall (3-5, 3-4)
Site: Augusta Christian Stadium.
Game notes: Augusta Christian is the lone unbeaten team left in SCISA 3A thanks to a dramatic 29-28 come-from-behind win last week at Hammond. The Lions have plenty of offensive weapons in quarterback Tyler Roberson and running backs Thomas Banks and Sean Sweeting and receiver Nick Fortenberry. Roberson is 78-for-127 passing for 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns to date. The senior leader also has 663 yards rushing and 15 scoring runs on the books. The fleet Banks is averaging 106.5 yards rushing per game and 8.5 yards per carry, has 10 receptions for 139 yards and tallied 10 touchdowns. Sweeting is a power runner and prime blocker at fullback. Fortenberry has 36 catches for 797 yards and right touchdowns. His 31-yard scoring catch with 32 seconds to go gave AC the chance to win it at the end against the vaunted Skyhawks Heathwood Hall is coming off a 35-19 loss to Wilson Hall. Will Detwiller was 14-for-22 passing for 239 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore Logan McGill had three catches for 123 yards. Brandon Hill had two short touchdown runs. McGill led the Highlanders on defense with 15 tackles. Weston Hardee had a noteworthy game with two blocked punts.
Series history: Augusta Christian has won two in a row to cut the Highlanders’ series lead to 7-5.
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Cardinal Newman (4-5, 3-4 SCISA 3A) vs. Orangeburg Prep (6-3, 5-2)
Site: George Watson Stadium.
Game notes: Cardinal Newman’s two-game winning streak and the chance to secure a winning record for the first time since 1998 went by the boards last week in a 42-35 loss to Porter-Gaud in Charleston. The host Cyclones scored the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. Kody Watson was 11-for-21 passing for 267 yards and two touchdowns for the Cards. Zakki Parker led the ground game with 129 yards and two TDs on 27 carries. Evan Dubois had a team high five receptions for 170 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown. Cole Bacon had one touchdown run and led the defense with 12 tackles Orangeburg Prep defeated Ben Lippen 35-28 behind quarterback Marion McCurry, who was 13-for-15 passing for 232 yards and two touchdowns and added two scoring runs.
Series history: Cardinal Newman has managed only one win in 10 tries against OP. The Cardinals’ lone success was in 1998.
Pinewood Prep (1-7, 0-7 SCISA 3A) vs. Hammond (8-1, 6-1)
Site: Panthers Stadium, Summerville.
Game notes: The mighty Skyhawks saw their 19-game winning streak to an end last week when Augusta Christian put together a late scoring drive to pull out a 29-28 win. Senior quarterback Jake Nidiffer suffered a first quarter concussion after throwing two scoring passes for a quick 14-0 lead. Nidiffer will sit out this week’s game before being reevaluated. Sophomore Nick Garrett stepped into the void and directed two fourth quarter scoring drives that staked Hammond to a 28-21 lead with 2:50 remaining in the game. Garrett ran for 83 yards on 10 carries. His 1-yard scoring run and two-point conversion dash gave the Skyhawks the late lead. Braden Shockley and Cannon Smith hauled in the Nidiffer scoring passes. Quayshon Myers was the offensive leader with 153 yards rushing and one TD on 25 carries Pinewood Prep has lost seven in a row since opening the season with a win over 2A Northwood Academy. The Panthers are allowing an average of 42.2 points over the last five games.
Series history: Hammond has never faltered against the Panthers from Summerville, winning all seven previous meetings in a series that began in 2008.
Wilson Hall (5-3, 4-3) vs. Ben Lippen (2-6, 1-6)
Site: Spencer Field.
Game notes: Ben Lippen’s only shot at making the playoffs is to win their final two regular season games and hope for some outside help. The Falcons dropped a 35-28 decision to Orangeburg Prep last week despite another huge game by senior Tyler Renew, who ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries to up his season totals to 1,167 rushing yards, 23 touchdowns and 142 total points Wilson Hall is coming off a 35-19 win over Heathwood Hall behind the running of Parker McDuffie (107 yards) and Jay Goodson (103).
Series history: Ben Lippen won the first two meetings of the teams (1998-99), but the Barons from Sumter have gone 13-0 against the Falcons since 2000.