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Dolphins keep scoreboard busy in win over Bible Baptist

'.Bible Baptist quarterback Jerel Richards (5) has the football stripped from him by Hilton Head Prep's Scott D’Amico (32), who promptly picked it up and ran it in for the Dolphins' second score of Friday's 73-40 win..'
'.Bible Baptist quarterback Jerel Richards (5) has the football stripped from him by Hilton Head Prep's Scott D’Amico (32), who promptly picked it up and ran it in for the Dolphins' second score of Friday's 73-40 win..' Jay Karr | The Island Packet

It's easy to forget about Scott D'Amico.

He's the running back in a pass-happy offense, so he usually touches the ball fewer than a dozen times a game and therefore isn't likely to garner much attention in the opposition's scouting report.



It's easy to forget about D'Amico. But it's dangerous, too.



The Hilton Head Prep sophomore scored four touchdowns Friday -- two rushing, one receiving and one on a fumble return -- helping the Dolphins rout Bible Baptist 73-40 in a non-region game.



"You've got to get him the ball," Prep quarterback Matt Layman said. "He's a play-maker. He'll make things happen."



D'Amico did his part Friday, rushing for 92 yards on 11 carries, catching four passes for 85 yards and forcing a fumble that he returned 50 yards for a score, all while fighting a chest cold that kept him out of practice Thursday.



"I was just excited to play," D'Amico said. "I just got out here and did work."



And he wasn't alone.



The Dolphins racked up 560 total yards and had six different players score touchdowns. Layman threw for 322 yards and five scores on 19-of-29 passing, and he also ran for a score -- a 17-yard scramble with one second left in the first half.



Prep's offense was as balanced as it was prolific in that only one player -- receiver Dimitri Lowry -- topped the 100-yard mark rushing or receiving. Lowry caught seven passes for 118 yards and was on the receiving end of three of Layman's touchdown tosses.



"We were getting frustrated over there, too," Prep coach Ron Peduzzi said. "We thought we had some other opportunities to score some touchdowns. We've got some talent, if we stay healthy."



For all the good on one side of the ball, though, the Dolphins continued to miss too many tackles for Peduzzi's taste, allowing 369 rushing yards. Quarterback Jerel Richards led the Braves with 168 yards and two touchdown on 33 carries, and Keynnard Campbell added 107 yards and three scores on 11 runs, all in the second half.



The Dolphins have allowed 35 points or more in each of their past four games.



"We can score some points, but that's a lot of pressure on the offense," Peduzzi said. "We've got to play better defense."



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