Orangeburg Prep (8-1, 6-1 SCISA 3A) vs. Cardinal Newman (5-3, 4-3)
Site: Indian Field. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Cardinal Newman scored a huge 47-28 win last week against Porter-Gaud – a verdict that kept the Cardinals in the hunt for a fourth-place finish in SCISA 3A and a home date in the first round of the playoffs. Garrett McNerney had a rousing debut at quarterback. The veteran senior was 12-for-16 passing for 248 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 108 yards 16 carries. He also scored on defense with a 28-yard fumble-recovery return. Evan DuBois was McNerney’s primary target, finishing with 10 catches for 235 yards and three TDs. Zakki Parker added 206 yards rushing and two scoring runs. CN enters the stretch run tied for fourth place with Laurence Manning Academy. LMA, however, has the tie-breaking edge thanks to a 21-14 win over the Cards early in the season. The Swampcats have a tough closing schedule with games against Porter-Gaud and Wilson Hall. The Cardinals face Ben Lippen in the season finale after a date with second-place OP this week. Cardinal Newman has been looking for a statement win under Brannon Tidwell. This is a perfect time to break the mold Orangeburg Prep is fresh from a 41-13 rout of Ben Lippen. The Indians have won two in a row since losing to Wilson Hall in a first-place showdown on Oct. 4. QB Marion McCurry, RB Michael Pascoe and WR Derek Andrews are the Tribe’s offensive playmakers.
Series history: Cardinal Newman has beaten the Indians only once in 11 tries – a 28-16 decision in 1998.
Heathwood Hall (2-6, 2-5 SCISA 3A) vs. Augusta Christian (2-6, 2-5)
Site: Heathwood Hall Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Heathwood Hall gave a good account last week in a 28-7 loss to unbeaten Wilson Hall. Brandon Hill ran for 137 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries. The Highlanders posted 341 offensive yards against the Barons tough defense, but turned the ball over on three interceptions. The playoff hopes of both teams hinge on the outcome of this game Augusta Christian took a 49-26 hit last week against Hammond. The Lions managed only 179 offensive yards. RB Thomas Banks had 85 yards rushing and caught two touchdown passes.
Series history: Augusta Christian has won three in a row to cut Heathwood’s series lead to 7-6.
Pinewood Prep (0-8, 0-7 SCISA 3A) vs. Hammond (6-3, 5-2)
Site: Pinewood Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Hammond rolled to a 49-26 win at Augusta Christian for its fourth straight win. T.J. Brady ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries. QB Nick Garrett added 94 yards on 11 totes. Max Woodburn had one scoring catch at receiver and ran for 89 yards and two TDs in relief of Brady. On defense, Wells Mealing had five tackles, on pass break-up and one interception Pinewood Prep fell 42-14 to Laurence Manning Academy last week. It was the 17th straight loss for the Panthers, the 23rd in their last 24 games.
Series history: Hammond is 8-0 all-time against the Panthers, including a 52-23 romp last season.
Ben Lippen (2-6, 2-5 SCISA 3A) vs. Wilson Hall (8-0, 7-0)
Site: Hathaway-Weeber Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Ben Lippen’s late season rush for a playoff spot has skidded off the rails with back-to-back losses to Orangeburg Prep and Hammond. The Falcons rough schedule patch continues this week against front-running Wilson Hall. QB Robert Barrow (97-173-1183-8), RB David Rhoden (110-596-5) and receivers Aaron Maguire (28-579-4) and Wright Bynum (35-422-0) are the Falcons' offensive leaders Wilson Hall got by Heathwood Hall 28-7 last week as quarterback William Kinney ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns and had 84 yards passing.
Series history: Ben Lippen won the first two meetings after joining the SCISA fold, but the Barons have gone 14-0 against the Falcons since 2000.