After falling to the mat last week against the Bluffton Bobcats, Thomas Heyward got right back up in Sea Pines on Friday, stymying Hilton Head Prep 32-7 to hand the Dolphins their first loss of the season.
HHP had a chance to strike early after recovering a fumble in Rebel territory, but the Dolphins couldn’t get the run going against a stout Heyward defensive line before a 53-yard Trevor Weldon field goal attempt came up short.
Thomas Heyward was looking for a spark to refuel its potent offense, and Anthony Fripp came through. The junior running back sliced his way through Hilton Head Prep’s strong defensive front for 36 yards before capping off the first-quarter drive with a 5-yard scamper to grab his team a 7-0 lead.
Just three plays later, he did it again.
After Hilton Head Prep coughed up the football on the ensuing kickoff, Fripp followed up a 17-yard Brandon Howard run with his second score of the afternoon from 25 yards out. The Dolphins had no answers for a dominant Thomas Heyward offensive line, as Carter Zareva and Walker Taylor added a touchdown apiece on the ground to build the Rebels’ advantage to 26-0 at the half.
The special teams got in on the action in the second half, as a high snap led to a blocked punt recovered by Jordan Mikell in the end zone. Loncelle Daley put the Dolphins on the board in the fourth quarter, punching the ball in from close range.
Fripp led the charge for Thomas Heyward, scoring a pair of touchdowns and racking up 137 yards on just eight carries, including 111 first-half yards. Cameron VanGeison anchored the Rebels defense with 13 tackles (two for loss), while Howard added 10 tackles (one for loss), Zane Wilson had eight tackles (two for loss) and a sack, and Eli Minton picked off a pass.
Daley led the Dolphins with 72 yards on the ground and a score, and the duo of Daniel Zelaya and Sean Graham each recorded seven tackles.
Thomas Heyward (3-1) hosts Beaufort Academy on Friday, while Hilton Head Prep (3-1) visits Bethesda Academy.
By Wes Kerr