HSFB: Dolphins Shock Rival HHCA, Awarded No. 1 Playoff Seed

Hilton Head Prep stunned rival Hilton Head Christian Academy 35-19 on Friday — and was awarded the top seed in the SCISA Class 2A playoffs as a result.

Stone McDonald passed for 205 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 80 yards and two scores to lead the Dolphins.

HHP led 14-6 at halftime behind Hunter Hopman’s touchdown run and Mathew Sullivan’s 22-yard interception return for a score, as the defense held the Eagles to a pair of field goals in the first half.

McDonald hit Carson King for a 37-yard TD pass in the third quarter to make it 21-6, but the Eagles answered with two quick scores on Daniel Harrington’s TD pass to Brennen Studenc and Harrington’s TD run, cutting it to 21-19 with 2:40 left in the third quarter.

McDonald broke a touchdown run late in the third quarter to pad the lead and capped the scoring with another TD run in the fourth quarter to give the Dolphins the win.

Video by Carlo Perruzza

The Eagles seemingly clinched the region title and the top seed with last week’s 31-20 win over John Paul II, as even with Friday’s loss they finished tied with the Golden Warriors atop the region standings at 3-1, while Hilton Head Prep was 2-1 because the Dolphins didn’t make up their game against Orangeburg Prep that was lost to Hurricane Florence.

But SCISA director Mike Fanning informed the schools Friday night that the organization was treating it as a three-way tie and applying the point system tiebreaker, which awarded HHP the No. 1 seed and dropped HHCA to No. 2 and JPII to No. 3.

The Dolphins (4-5, 2-1) have won three straight and apparently will host Robert E. Lee Academy in the first round of the playoffs next week. The Eagles (6-3, 3-1) had their six-game winning streak snapped and will host Florence Christian in the first round, if the initial playoff seeding stands.

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