High School Sports

Football: Porter-Gaud at Ben Lippen

Site: Hathaway-Weeber Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Porter-Gaud notes: The once proud Cyclones have fallen on relatively hard times of late. P-G won four SCISA championships under Ricky Tillman on even years between 1998 and 2002, but have been superseded in the independent school power elite category since its last title win over Wilson Hall … The Cyclones topped Cardinal Newman 27-12 last week in Charleston to improve to 3-3 overall … The focus for the Ben Lippen defense has to be fleet running back Carson Parker, who has 497 yards rushing on 62 carries, 16 receptions for 236 yards and has scored eight touchdowns by land and air. Senior quarterback John Dodds is 43-for-98 passing for 719 yards and seven TDs.

Ben Lippen notes: The Falcons (3-4, 1-2) clinched a SCISA playoff spot and got back into the hunt for a first-round home game by pulling off a major 33-26 upset against two-time defending champion Hammond on homecoming last week … Quarterback Joey Carter engineered the offensive show, passing for 289 yards and one touchdown, while running for a season high 114 yards and three TDs. His 32-yard scoring jaunt with 9:38 left in the fourth quarter was the final tally of the game. Carter has hit on 112 of 187 passes for 1540 yards and 20 scores with only two interceptions top date … But for all the offensive production against Hammond’s proud defense (509 yards in all), it was the play of the defense in the final quarter that made the difference. The Falcons forced two fumbles (recovering both) after a Hammond pass completion, and made a gallant red-zone stand after the Skyhawks got a first down at the BL 11-yard line with less than four minutes remaining. Jason Blackwell’s fumble recovery after a hit by cornerback Eddie Gailliard with 1:05 to go made the outcome academic.