High School Sports

Preview: Hammond at Porter-Gaud

Site: John H. Singleton Stadium, Charleston. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Hammond notes: The three-time defending SCISA champion Skyhawks improved to 4-0 last week, breezing by overmatched Class 2A Thomas Heyward 40-7 … Junior quarterback Dave Nidiffer completed 22 of 28 passes for 328 yards and a school record six touchdowns to five difference receivers… Nidiffer is 58-for-78 for 794 yards and 14 touchdowns in his first four games as the varsity starter. Veteran Aaron Walters is the top target with 26 catches for 357 yards and seven TDs. Les Cotter and B.J. Bennett have shared the running load so far. Cotter has 259 yards and one score on the books, while Bennett has 251 yards and is averaging 7.6 yards per carry … Jordan Kay, Weston Verner and Joseph McDougal have been impressive on the defensive side. Kay leads the team with 41 tackles, including five TFL, one sack and one caused fumble. Verner has 32 tackles, three TFL and one sack. McDougal’s report card includes 26 tackles, four TFL, two sacks, two caused fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Porter-Gaud: The Cyclones are off to a 3-1 start under new coach Rick Reetz, who coached for 20 years in Rhode Island before coming to the Lowcountry for replace popular, long-time coach Rocky Tillman … P-G knocked off Wilson Hall for the first time since 2002 last week, 34-27. It was the third win in a row for the revitalized Cyclones after dropped a 14-9 decision to Heathwood Hall in the season opener … P-G boasts a balanced offensive attack featuring quarterback Hudson Worthy, receivers Stanton Seckinger and John Daughtridge and running back George Campsen, who has run for 100 yards or more in each of the past two games.

Series history: After losing to P-G in the first round of the SCISA playoffs in 2005, the Skyhawks have dominated the Cyclones – winning five in a row, including first-round playoff wins in 2007 and 2008.

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