Site: Edens Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Storyline: For the third year in a row, the Hammond-Augusta Christian bout in the final week of the regular season will determined the SCISA Region 1-3A championship. Friday’s game’s in no different, except that both teams do not enter with unblemished region marks. Hammond’s three-year region winning streak came to an end four weeks ago at Ben Lippen. Still, the Skyhawks can emerge as the region’s No. 1 playoff seed if it can tame the Lions for the fifth straight time in the past three seasons.
Augusta Christian notes: The Lions (8-2, 3-0) are coming off a 38-28 loss to Pinewood Prep, a decision that ended AC’s seven-game winning streak … The man to watch is senior William Banks, who starred last season on defense and at wide receiver. This season, Banks is the main man of the Lions attack at quarterback … Banks had 164 yards rushing and 96 yards passing last week, but the AC defense surrendered 21 points to the potent Panthers in the fourth quarter last week to let victory slip away … Evan Wells is Banks favorite receiver … In reality, the Lions have been living on the edge all season. Region wins over Ben Lippen and Heathwood Hall came in overtime. AC struggled to top Laurence Manning (13-9) and Wilson Hall (14-7).
Hammond notes: The Skyhawks (8-1, 2-1) appear to be rounding into shape for a serious run at its third straight SCISA Class 3A championship. Hammond has gone 3-0 and scored 135 points since suffering a 33-26 loss to Ben Lippen on Oct. 4 … Last week, Brad Meredith returned to the lineup in the wake of yet another hamstring injury, and rolled for 140 yards rushing and one touchdown on 25 carries in last week’s impressive 51-28 win over archrival Heathwood Hall … Kyle George and Cliff Ayers also put up good numbers in the rout of the Highlanders. George had 119 yards rushing and one TD, caught three passes for 62 yards and had three tackles and one interception on defense. Ayers completed 12 of 22 passes for 194 yards and two scores … For the season, Ayers is 142-for-206 passing for 2466 yards and 21 TDs. George has 731 yards rushing, 25 catches for 487 yards, and 14 total touchdowns. Aaron Walters has 47 receptions for 894 yards and 10 TDs, while Taylor Smith has 39 catches for 742 yards and six scores. Will Patterson leads the Hammond hit parade on defense with 86 tackles and nine sacks.