PORTER-GAUD vs. HAMMOND
Site: Edens Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Storyline: The last two undefeated SCISA Class 3A unbeaten teams square off in a familiar setting. This will be the fifth meeting between the Cyclones and Skyhawks since 2007, the fourth time at Edens Stadium. If the teams meet again in the playoffs, it will likely be in the championship game.
Porter-Gaud notes: The Cyclones (7-0) are on the upswing after several mediocre campaigns. One reason is emergence of Hudson Worthy and Stanton Seckinger as a premier pitch-and-catch dup. Worthy is 145-for-202 passing for 2,316 yards and 27 touchdowns with just four interceptions. He is completing an eye-opening 72% of his passes and is averaging 330.9 passing yards a game. Seckinger has already hauled in 58 of Worthy’s aerials, netting 1.032 yards and 15 TDs P-G has scored 303 points to date, allowing just 77.
Hammond notes: The Skyhawks (7-0) are rolling merrily along. The four-time defending SCISA champs have won 11 games in a row and are 56-3 since the fun all started in 2006 Last week, Hammond disposed of Laurence Manning Academy, 38-13. QB Dave Nidiffer was 9-for-17 passing for 229 yards passing and two touchdowns. Newcomer Joey DeAngelis has been on a role of late. He ran for 149 yards and two TDs and caught two passes for 42 yards and another score vs. LMA DeAngelis has found the end zone eight times in the past two games. B.J. Bennett had 70 yards rushing, 170 yards receiving and scored twice – one by land, one by air But for all the offensive glory, the Hammond defense has been a show stopper this fall – allowing a meager total of 56 points and an average of just 175.8 yards a game. Linemean Joseph McDougal and safety Les Cotter are among the unit leaders. McDougal is credited with 67 tackles, 6 TFL, while Cotter has 60 stops, 6 TFL.
Series history: Hammond is 10-2 overall vs. P-G, winning six in a row since the Cyclones scored back-to-back SCISA first-round playoff wins in 2004-05.