Young Hilton Head Prep team working to improve
The Hilton Head Preparatory School football team is ready to turn things around.
The strength of the Dolphins is within their offense, where they return playmakers such as senior running back Hunter Hopman and quarterback Stone McDonald. Still, there is work to be done on both sides of the ball.
"We only have two returners on the offensive line," said head coach Dave Adams. "The rest of the offensive line is young. We only have one [returning] senior. We have to get better on the offensive line and the same thing on the defensive line, we have to get more aggressive."
The Dolphins boast a strong senior class and Adams said he will be relying on them for leadership this season.
"We have nine seniors, which is a large number for us," said Adams. "They are nine good leaders. It's hard to make leaders and sometimes it's not naturally there, but these guys have been in the program long enough. These guys are close so when you have that many that support each other, that makes it easy."
With new changes in the South Carolina Independent School Association, players were not allowed to hit the field twice a day. That new rule had an impact on the Dolphins who didn't have much time to get their pads popping.
"This year, the SCISA changed the rules so there are no more two-a-day practices," said Adams. "When you get one time a day, you get into the heat and we cannot do some things, or you get into thunderstorms [so] you can't get out."
But despite their time of preparation being cut short, the Dolphins are looking forward to the start of the season. Hopman wants to go out with a bang.
"Last year was rough," said Hopman. "We went 1-9, which is not how we wanted to do. Myself and my fellow seniors came together and said we are going to make this year the best one yet."
Hopman said the team worked all summer long to get ready for this year. He is hopeful the team will "create some offense" and will make this a season to remember.
"We don't necessarily have the biggest players," Hopman said, "but we know how to run exact routes and we have the speed as well and I think that will help in the long run."
Latrice Williams is a freelance writer based in Savannah.