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Top rated Hammond Defeats Pinewood Prep 48-14 To Move To 9-0 On The Season

Top Rated Hammond Defeats Pinewood Prep 48-14 To Move To 9-0 On Season

By Billy G. Baker


SummervilleLucas Pricket caught 9 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Corbett Glick threw for nearly 400 yards in Hammond’s 48-14 win over Pinewood Prep Friday night improving the top rated Skyhawks to 9-0 on the season.

Hammond head coach Erik Kimrey, in his 14th season at Hammond, said after the game, “We have guys who can run and our defense has been solid all season and although we gave up a few drives tonight our defense, all-in-all, has played very well.

“We feel sophomore defensive end Jordan Burch (6-5, 250) is a five star prospect and we feel he will be the top prospect in South Carolina by his senior year,” said Coach Kimrey. “We are also very high on sophomore defensive lineman Alex Huntley (6-4, 270) who has already been offered by South Carolina and we feel like his recruiting is going to blow-up in the Spring. These two guys set the tone for our defense up-front and we are excited about having them in the program two more years.”

On offense the Skyhawks are loaded with big play athletes and some insiders feel they help make up the most talented team Kimrey has had to date at Hammond. With Glick (6-1, 210) a two year starter at quarterback being able to throw to talented receivers like Prickett who runs good routes with a knack for getting open as he did on a deep ball down the middle for a 66 yard touchdown against Pinewood Prep early in the second period to give Hammond a 14-13 lead at that point.

“Glick is a smart kid who distributes the ball well,” said Coach Kimrey. “He will probably break all our passing records by the end of the season. “When you have a threat like Prickett down the field and a guy like Andre underneath good things can happen for you on offense also. Prickett is the best receiver I’ve coached and he is a really smart kid who wants to attend medical school one day. I know that Coach Muschamp has offered him a preferred walk-on opportunity at South Carolina. As long as teams continue to cover him one-on-one we feel like we have advantages throwing to him.”    

Wilson, also a sophomore, runs below 4.5 and if catches the ball open he is hard to catch as evidenced by his 64 yard touchdown catch against the Panthers with 10:23 left in the third period that extended Hammond’s lead to 27-7 at the time. Birch also doubles up as a punishing running back who tears through opposes defenses getting four to seven yards at a time and he had two touchdowns runs against Pinewood Prep.

“We just have to heal up a little and keep pressing to get better,” said Coach Kimrey. “It was good for us to play a four quarter game tonight because that is what we are going to see once we start the playoffs.”

In Kimrey’s 14 seasons at Hammond the Skyhawks have won 8 state titles in 10 appearances and they are heavily favored to win again this year.

How does Hammond keep reloading every year making them one of the winningest teams in SCISA football history? “It starts with our school where we have a great environment with strong academics also, and people want to come and be a part of what we are doing,” said Coach Kimrey. “We have not had much turnover in our coaching staff and that consistency helps also.”

Pinewood Prep was led in the game by running back Matthew Latham who had 20 carries for 143 yards and he scored both of Pinewood’s touchdowns. Quarterback Austin Murphy was six of 10 for 80 yards and completed several passes to his top 6-8 target Jalen Slawson.

“We want to win all of our games but we have not been consistent with the things we had hopes to do,” said Pinewood Prep head coach Michael Wright. “We stopped ourselves a lot tonight with penalties and we have to correct that.

“For us we have to finish drives and be consistent on offense. I feel we can move the ball against anyone and our defense is playing better. We just need to get some quick scores to help our confidence early on offense. It is always a challenge to play Porter-Gaud and we expect another physical type game.”

Hammond will close out the regular season next week against Heathwood Hall.


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