Whatever notion you have about Hilton Head Prep football, throw it out the window. These Dolphins are different.
Showing off a punishing ground attack and a stingy defense -- both rarities on the south end of Hilton Head Island in recent years -- Prep pounded St. Andrew's 30-12 in a SCISAA Region 2-AA matchup Friday afternoon for its second win in five days.
"They've got some big ol' boys who got off the football, and the backs ran hard," St. Andrew's coach Brock Miller said. "They just wore us down."
That's usually the strategy of Miller's teams, but the Dolphins beat the Lions (0-3, 0-1 SCISAA Region 2-AA) at their own game. Sophomore Teron Daley rushed for 162 yards on 16 carries to lead an offense that racked up 266 rushing yards. Prep (2-0, 1-0) has topped 250 rushing yards in each of its first two games.
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"We proved that we can run the ball," said quarterback Jeremy Haidon, who rushed for 41 yards and threw a touchdown pass. "We can be smashmouth and run it down your throats. We don't have to pass the ball to put up points. We definitely proved ourselves."
Prep's defense, coming off a shutout of Charleston Collegiate on Monday, stood tall for most of the game, too. The Dolphins allowed a touchdown on the Lions' opening possession and their reserves gave up a scoring drive on the Lions' last possession, but they were awfully tough in between.
Logan Clark's interception in the end zone just before halftime preserved a 14-6 lead at the half, and the defense scored twice in the second half, as Dylan Powell and Logan Mallett combined to sack Harrison Lindner for a safety and Powell blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown.
"We've got a whole new way of doing things around here," Powell said. "Aggressiveness."