Laurence Manning Academy will be trying to avenge its only loss of the season in the SCISA 3A football state championship game on Saturday at Benedict College's Charlie W. Johnson Stadium in Columbia.
The Swampcats will be going up against 2-time …
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The Swampcats will be going up against 2-time defending champion Hammond beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the second of three championship games.
The first game on Saturday will be the 1A contest between defending state champion Thomas Heyward Academy and Bethesda Academy beginning at noon. The final game will pit Trinity-Byrnes against Hilton Head Christian for the 2A crown at 7:30 p.m.
The 8-man championship will be decided on Friday at the Calhoun Academy Football Field in St. Matthews beginning at 7 p.m. Undefeated Andrew Jackson Academy will take on St. John's Christian.
LMA brings an 11-1 record into its contest against Hammond. Laurence Manning, which is under the direction of first-year head coach Austin Floyd, defeated Ben Lippen 48-42 to advance to the championship game for the second time in three years.
Hammond is 11-2 with both of its losses coming against out-of-state schools. The Skyhawks defeated Heathwood Hall 48-7 in their semifinal contest.
Hammond head coach Erik Kimrey will be looking for his 11th state title at the school. In the regular-season meeting between the schools, Hammond defeated LMA 49-7.
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