High School Sports

Football: Hammond vs. Wilson Hall

Site: Oliver C. Dawson Stadium, Orangeburg. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Storyline: Hammond is playing for its third straight SCISA Class 3A championship. Wilson Hall is back in the finals for the first time since beating Heathwood Hall for the top prize in 2003.

Wilson Hall notes: Eddie Talley has led the Barons to the SCISA title game in each of his last five seasons as the program’s head coach (2000-03, 2008) … Wilson Hall ended the regular season with five losses in its last six games, but has caught fire in the playoffs – decisively downing Augusta Christian (26-9) and Ben Lippen (24-6) … Ricky Crum was the driving offensive force. The senior running back ran for 120 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries vs. AC, and hung 174 yards and three TDs on Ben Lippen on 37 carries in the semifinals last week. Crum has 1483 yards and 21 TDs on 242 carries on the books to date … Thomas White, a former wide receiver who has taken over at quarterback this season, is 64-for-154 passing for 906 yards and five scores. Chris Sharpe is the leading receiver with 35 catches for 568 yards and five TDs … Defensively, the Barons are allowing an average of just 91 yards rushing and 109 yards passing a game. Andrew Harvin and Lynch are the leading tacklers with 134 and 96 stops, respectively. Phillip Vorpahl had 79 tackles and 17 TFL. Dow Harrleson has four interceptions.

Hammond notes: The Skyhawks advanced to the SCISA title game for the third year in a row with a solid, 13-10 win over Pinewood Prep in the semifinals a week ago to keep their three-season winning streak at Edens Stadium in tact. Now Hammond is hoping to go 3-0 at Dawson Stadium … Erik Kimrey’s SCISA juggernaut is 36-2 since 2006, losing only to Ben Lippen (in Week 6 this season) and Wilson Hall (in 2007) … Hammond rolled up 390 yards last week vs. Pinewood, with 260 coming by land. Brad Meredith finished with 211 yards and one touchdown on 34 carries. Quarterback Cliff Ayers was not as sharp as usual, but still passed for 130 yards, including a decisive 66-yard scoring strike to Kyle George … Meredith suffered another hamstring injury in the Wilson Hall game in Week 3, but George filled the void by running for 144 yards and two TDs on 17 carries. His 61-yard scoring jaunt in the third quarter broke a 14-14 deadlock in what turned out to be a 35-14 Hammond win … The Skyhawks defense limited potent Pinewood to just four first downs and a meager yield of 88 total yards, most of which came on an 80-yard scoring run.