Hilton Head Prep's 28-20 win over St. Andrew's was closer than it should have been Friday night thanks to late turnovers.
"It was a very workmanlike win for us," Dolphins head coach Kevin Wald said. "My worst fear was realized. Three fumbles, and we gave them extra possessions. They run that triple option, and it made it a dogfight.
"If we don't turn it over, we beat them by two to three scores."
Instead, the Dolphins (5-3, 4-1) had to hold on late. But they got some help.
With 3 to 4 minutes left in the game, there was a commotion after a play on the St. Andrew's sideline, Wald said.
Wald said he doesn't know what happened, but the result was the ejection of St. Andrew's coach Doug Dixon and two 15-yard penalties, icing the game for Hilton Head Prep.
Rodney Sturgis and E.J. Churchich had interceptions for the Dolphins.
Wald said quarterback Tyler Fox had maybe the best game of his career, averaging more than 5 yards per carry with a 75-yard touchdown run.
Josh Polk added a 10-yard touchdown reception.
"We win next week and we still have shot at region, no worse than a No. 2 seed," Wald said.