Site: Heathwood Hall. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Wilson Hall notes: The last time the Barons traveled to Columbia, they left town on the short end of a 35-14 decision against Hammond on Sept. 13 … Eddie Talley’s team opened the SCISA Region 2-3A campaign with an impressive 35-14 win over visiting Porter-Gaud last week, even though starting quarterback Thomas White was sitting out with an ankle injury. It did matter much in the overall picture … The Barons (4-1) rolled up 316 yards on the ground, and the defense limited the Cyclones to 151 yards … Zachary Sherill and Josh Glen shared time at quarterback and tight end in an interesting rotation. Glen saw the most time under center, and completed 3 of 6 passes for 54 yards and one touchdown … Ricky Crum carried the load offensively with more than 170 yards rushing and scoring three touchdowns.
Heathwood Hall notes: The Highlanders (3-1) opened SCISA Region 1-3A play with a 24-7 win over Ben Lippen in a game that surprisingly turned out to be a defensive struggle … Both teams squandered a number of scoring chances, but the Highlanders defensive performance was the bottom-line factor in the game … Mac Whalen was in the middle of things offensive, as usual. The junior quarterback connected on 17 of 29 passes for 166 yards and ran for 155 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries. Brother Morgan Whalen had sis catches for 86 yards and scored the final HH touchdown on a run out of the backfield … For the season, Mac Whalen has 1,561 yards running and passing and has had a hand in 13 touchdowns. Morgan Whalen is among the top receivers in the state at any level with 30 catches for 519 yards and four TDs … Linebacker Redding Kingery, whose sack/fumble recovery was the key defensive play of the game last week early kin the fourth quarter, leads the team with 40 tackles. Davis Ray has four interceptions on defense and 17 catches for 333 yards and three scores on offense.
Series history: Highlanders vs. Barons has been one of the top SCISA rivalries for years. The teams have met in four SCISA championship games with Heathwood Hall winning three title bouts in 1986, 2001 and 2004. The Barons emerged with thew ring in 1983. Overall, Heathwood leads the series 13-7, but the Barons have won two in a row – 41-23 in regular season play last season, and a 41-14 playoff romp in 2006.