High School Sports

Football: Hammond at Thomas Heyward

Site: Harvey-Beach Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Hammond notes: The Skyhawks (3-0) avenged their only loss in the last three seasons a week ago, downing Wilson Hall 35-14 with a dominant performance in the second half after the visiting Barons tied the score at 14-14 early in the third quarter. Two interceptions either set up or were directly cashed into points by the Sumter gang … But even though senior running back Brad Meredith left the game in the second quarter with another hamstring pull, the Skyhawks went to the ground to go ahead and pull away down the stretch. With Kyle George filling in capably for Meredith, Hammond ran for 231 yards and finished with 419 for the night. George broke the tie with a 61-yard scoring jaunt and finished with 161 yards and two TDs on 17 carries after Meredith gained 55 yards on nine totes before going down. The Skyhawks young offensive line is rapidly gaining confidence and cohesion … Will Patterson, Raymond Prince and Hunter McMaster led the defensive performance. Patterson had nine tackles and two sacks, while Prince and McMaster had eight tackles apiece … For the season, George has 289 yards and four TDs on the ground and has caught 11 passes for 212 yards and another score. Quarterback Cliff Ayers, who was under the weather last week, is 43-for-63 passing for 744 yards and four scores. Aaron Walters (14-210-2) and Taylor Smith (10-216-1) have been reliable and big-play receivers. Patterson has a team-high 36 tackles and five sacks in his first three games as a linebacker. Prince, a newcomer, is second on the hit list with 30 tackles … Kicker Joseph Zemp, the hero of last year’s last-second win in the SCISA title game, is 15-for-15 in PATs.

Thomas Heyward Academy notes: The Rebels (1-2) finally got on the winning side last week with a 60-0 road win over Beaufort Academy. THA was drubbed by Orangeburg Prep (52-9) and Hilton head Christian (28-0) in the first two weeks of the season … The SCISA Class 2A team finally got its ground attack going vs. BA, rolling up 311 yards. Logan Mock had just two carries, but the yield was 110 yards and two TDs.

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