High School Sports

Football: Cardinal Newman at Ben Lippen

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

Storyline: For the past two seasons, the Ben Lippen-Cardinal Newman game in the penultimate game of the regular season has been the last chance for both teams to make the SCISA playoff cut. In each case, Ben Lippen prevailed but had to settle for a No. 4 seed and a tough first-round match-up.

Cardinal Newman notes: The Cardinals (2-5, 0-3) have one last shot at making the playoff cut, but CN has not won a region game yet in Mike Bolchoz’s three year at the helm. Moreover, the Cards have just one win over a SCISA Class 3A foe since 2006 – a 20-0 non-region triumph vs. Pinewood Prep in Bolchoz’s debut game … CN is coming off back-to-back SCISA Region 1-3A setbacks against Hammond (42-6) and Augusta Christian (27-0) … Senior star Michael Bolchoz and Greg Regan had outstanding defensive performances last week vs. Augusta Christian. Bolchoz had 17 tackles, including two tackles for loss, while Regan was credited with 15 stops and three TFL and recovered a fumble … Bolchoz leads the team with 76 tackles to date. Regan has 53 tackles and two sacks.

Ben Lippen notes: Since the fourth quarter of the shocking upset win over Hammond on Oct. 3, the Falcons defense has been on a roll – allowing just two touchdowns over the last nine quarters … Chris Murra, Miles Fisher and Jason Blackwell took center stage for Ben Lippen (5-4, 1-2) in last week’s 27-7 road win at Christ School in Arden, NC. Murra had 10 tackles and four sacks, Fisher was credited with nine tackles and one sack and Blackwell had six solo tackles as BL limited the Greenies to 174 offensive yards … Joey Carter had a tough night passing in the rain. The junior quarterback finished with just 139 yards and threw a season high three interceptions. Carter had been picked off just two times in his eight previous games and went seven consecutive games without an interception … The running game took Carter off the hook. The Falcons ran for 287 yards with Robert Keen taking care of the bulk of the production. Keen flashed for a career high 198 yards on 18 carries and scored one touchdown. Xan Mangum and Drew Stokes had the other two scoring runs … Taylor Wilson chipped in two field goals and had three catches for 30 yards.