High School Sports

Layman, Dolphins overpower Thomas Heyward, 67-28

Hilton Head Prep quarterback Matt Layman has had some big games in his high school career. None bigger than Friday afternoon's 67-28 win over Thomas Heyward though.

The senior set a school record for passing yards in a game with 422, throwing five touchdown passes and no interceptions. He also rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Dolphins to their fourth consecutive victory.

"I keep on saying, 'That was his best game' and then that was his best game, right there," Hilton Head Prep coach Ron Peduzzi said. "He just keeps on going. He definitely did a great job of throwing to the right guys, making the right reads and running the football."

The big day gives Layman 2,582 passing yards through eight games. Friday's five touchdowns gives him 27 on the season, another school record.

After the game, Layman was quick to point out many of those yards came after the catch, like on the touchdown to Bo Strimpfel, who zigged and zagged 80 yards to paydirt just before halftime.

"That run was phenomenal," Layman said. "He broke tackles, running like a man. And Dimitri (Lowry) is so quick and fast. They just make things happen. Sure, I have to get the ball to them, but they always make things happen. Even Scott (D'Amico) and all of our running backs. They all had a good day today."

It was another banner day for Lowry as well. After setting Hilton Head Prep's single-game record with 203 receiving yards against Northwood Academy last week, the junior receiver was at it again on Friday, catching two touchdown passes to give him 14 on the season, a school record.

His nine catches for 130 yards also put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season, most in school history.

"We were going for 1,000," said Lowry. "I have to thank my line, Matt, all the other receivers and coaches because I couldn't do it without them."

Friday's game was a matchup of opposing styles. While Hilton Head Prep's potent passing attack has been well-documented, Thomas Heyward quietly brought in a three-game win streak, built on a solid rushing attack led by do-it-all running back Logan Mock.

With touchdown runs by Mock and quarterback JD Tuten, the score was tied 14-14 midway through the second quarter. The Rebels were unable to keep up with the Dolphins though, despite good field position after five solid kickoff returns and a recovered onside kick.

"A lot of missed opportunities," Thomas Heyward coach Nic Shuford said. "That, and we gave up too many big plays on the defensive side of the ball. I thought we had a pretty good game plan coming into this thing. I think we were in position to make a lot of plays and just didn't make them."

Mock, the area's leading rusher, finished with 102 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries.

Thomas Heyward (5-3, 1-2 SCISAA Region 2-AA) will try to regroup before another tough challenge next week at Hilton Head Christian. Hilton Head Prep (6-2, 2-1) will travel to winless First Baptist next week before a huge showdown with rival HHCA on Oct. 29.

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