High School Sports

Football: Hammond at Orangeburg Prep

Site: Indian Field. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Hammond notes: The two-time defending SCISA champion Skyhawks opened the season with an impressive 35-20 win over a talented but still-a-work-in-progress Pinewood Prep team that may well develop into a big-time force come playoff time … Quarterback Cliff Ayers was in midseason form – completing 19 of 27 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions … Kyle George, subbing for injured running back Brad Meredith, had 94 yards rushing and two TDs on 16 carries, caught five passes for 94 yards and another score and also had an interception on defense … Receiver Aaron Walters caught seven passes for 120 yards and one score, and tight end A.D. Briggs grabbed three passes for 47 yards … Will Patterson had a team-high 12 tackles in his first game at middle linebacker … Robert Simmons was the other defensive headliner, picking off two Pinewood passes in his first game at free safety. He sat at the 2007 season with an injury after starting at cornerback on Hammond’s 2006 championship squad … Raymond Prince was next in line on the Skyhawks hit list with 11 tackles … For the game, Hammond amassed 450 offensive yards, while the defense allowed the visiting Panthers 322 yards … Kicker Joseph Zemp was a perfect 5-for-5 in PAT boots.

Orangeburg Prep: The Indians, under former Hammond assistant Adam Holmes, stand at 1-1. The Tribe gave traditional power Augusta Christian a run for the money in a 42-27 loss on Aug. 21 at South Carolina State’s Dawson Stadium, and then bounced back with a smashing 52-9 road win last week at Thomas Heyward Academy … OP has taken quickly to the spread offense Holmes brought with him from Hammond … Quarterback Thomas Plumb has flourished in the system. The senior hit 12 of 23 passes for 223 yards and three TDs vs. Augusta Christian, and went 10-for-18 for 154 yards and two TDs in one half against Thomas Heyward. Plumb (6-2, 190) also ran for 67 yards and one score last week … Plumb’s top receivers are Michael Williamson (6-2, 185) and A.J. Andrews (6-3, 175). Williamson had three catches for 99 yards and two scores vs. Augusta Christian and was even more productive against Thomas Heyward with seven catches for 127 yards and two TDs. Andrews ripped off a 72-yard punt return score against THA … Holmes is the fourth coach at OP in four years. He got the job after Jet Turner initially accepted the job but changed his mind and returned to Clover where he led Eagles to the Class 4A Division II state title last fall.

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