Site: Edens Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Storyline: It’s the game of the year in SCISA football. Undefeated Heathwood Hall travels a few miles to face undefeated, three-time defending stats champion Hammond. The winner claims the Region 1-3A championship and becomes the odds-on favorite to win the state title. It’s a rivalry game with a little extra incentive. Enough said.
Heathwood Hall notes: The Highlanders (8-0, 2-0) whipped 2A Thomas Sumter 49-28 last week as quarterback Mac Whalen ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns and was 18-for-28 passing for 268 yards and two scores. Freshman Will dobose had seven catches for 102 yards and two TDs. Morgan Whalen grabbed six passes from his twin brother for 121 yards ... To date, Mac Whalen has 909 yards rushing and 18 TDs on the books, and is 102-for-192 in the passing game for 1,350 yards and eight TDs. The deep Highlanders receiving crew features Dubose (21-205-2), Morgan Whalen (33-501-2), Benji Stern (26-263-1) and Joseph English (13-328-3) … The defensive stalwarts include Walker Sojourner (104 tackles, 8 sacks), Morgan Whalen (76 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 interceptions), Will Cloyd (80 tackles), Davis Verbrick (4 sacks), Chris Barton (4 interceptions) and Alec Gregg (3 interceptions).
Hammond notes: The Skyhawks (8-0, 2-0) blasted Laurence Manning Academy 40-6 last week at Edens Stadium. Hammond has now won 15 games in a row and has prevailed in 25 consecutive games at home since falling 44-13 to Heathwood Hall in the 2005 regular season finale … Quarterback Dave Nidiffer and receiver Aaron Walters put on quite a show in the rout of the Swampcats last week. Nidiffer was 12-for-17 passing for 307 yards and six touchdowns. Walters caught six balls for 237 yards in gains and four TDs. Jordan Kay was the defensive headliner with 10 tackles and two sacks … Nidiffer is 99-for-146 for 1,432 yards and 24 touchdowns in his first season as the starting quarterback. Walters (37-662-12) and Ron Milhouse (25-329-4) are the top receivers … The season leaders on defense include Kay (66 tackles, 5 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 interception), Weston Verner (53 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks) and Joseph McDougal (50 tackles, 8 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries).
Series history: Hammond’s recent burst of four straight wins over the Highlanders has allowed the Skyhawks to take a 16-13 lead in the Midlands premier SCISA rivalry. The series has never had a back-and-forth feel from year to year. Hammond has won four in a row and nine in a row (1988-96), while Heathwood Hall has had runs of three straight (1986-88) and eight straight (1999-2005).