Site: George Watson Field. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Storyline: It’s the same situation as a year ago. Ben Lippen is clearly the superior team, but the Falcons cannot afford to stumble against the underdog Cardinals. After all, the winner rates the fourth and final playoff berth out of SCISA Region 1-3A.
Ben Lippen notes: The Falcons (7-2, 1-2) beat Christ School last week in a non-region at home ... Joey Carter, in perhaps his final game at Hathaway-Weeber Stadium, went over the 2,000-yard passing mark for the second year in a row while completed 15 of 24 passes for 228 yards. Included were long-distance scoring strikes of 31 and 41 yards to Will Roseborough, who had a career game with seven catches for 125 yards. Tuck Benefield had seven tackles on defense and was 5-for-5 in PATs and 2-for-2 in field goals for 11 points … For the season, Carter is 125-for-243 passing for 2,051 yards and 16 TDs. He is also second on the team in rushing with 228 yards and three scores on 64 carries. The crack receiving corps features Taylor Wilson (42-651-5), Ross Fleming (34-513-3) and Roseborough (27-531-3) … The BL defensive leaders include Gabe Smith (88 tackles, 2 sacks), Benefield (62 tackles), Zack Perry (53 tackles, 13 sacks), Jonathan Nahlen (38 tackles, 7 sacks), Jimmy Carlen (38 tackles, 3 sacks), Andre Hennie (37 tackles, 2 interceptions), Isaac Elsenheimer (38 tackles, 3 sacks), Austin Irish (24 tackles, 3 interceptions) and Sammy Joe White (24 tackles, 5 sacks).
Cardinal Newman notes: The Cardinals (1-6, 0-2) are coming off a 26-7 region loss to Augusta Christian … The young, undermanned team has one win this season against Class 2A Florence Christian, but still has a shot at making the SCISA state playoff for the first time since 2005 by pulling off an upset … Running Joey DeAngelis is the top CN offensive threat ... The CN defensive leaders are Rico Martinez, Stiles Monteith, Nilly Solomon and P.A. Reed.
Series history: In the same situation a year ago, the Falcons made the playoff cut with a 34-0 win over CN. BL has won three in a row in the series since the Cardinals’ 42-20 triumph that put them in the playoffs in 2005.