Aynor's offense rolled up yardage all afternoon, but lost four fumbles, including one in the game's closing minutes that spoiled what could have been a game-winning drive on Saturday afternoon in a 39-35 loss at Hilton Head Prep.
"In this offense, you can't fumble," Aynor coach Jody Jenerette said. "We did a bunch of that. But they beat us today."
The Blue Jackets coughed up the ball at the Dolphins' 1- and 5-yard lines, and lost it again on the Hilton Head Prep 35 to squash a drive that could have given Aynor a chance at another go-ahead touchdown. Instead Hilton Head Prep (2-2) was able to take over, take a knee and seal the victory.
"We hadn't done that all year, now we decide to fumble on the 1, the 5, and then on our last play of the game," said Jenerette, whose team led by 3 with less than four minutes left after a 20-yard touchdown run from William Carroll.
Aynor (3-2) used a bevy of backs to roll up 352 yards on the ground, led by Devonte Kinlaw, who had 141 yards on 16 carries and returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score. Kinlaw and Blair Fleming, who had 10 carries for 44 yards, sat out the first half of the game for missing a team function earlier in the week.
The Blue Jackets also controlled the ball for most of the game, with a 34:30-13:30 edge in time of possession.
The Dolphins took an early 12-0 lead when Matt Layman threw a 20-yard scoring pass to Alex Orford, then scored himself from the 16. Aynor cut into the lead on a 1-yard Layton Nobles score in the second quarter, but Layman connected with Orford again, this time for a 50-yard score and a 55-yard TD from Scott D'Amico to put the Dolphins up 25-7 before the Blue Jackets made a spirited fourth-quarter comeback.
Touchdown runs from Fleming and Tony Green cut the gap to 25-22 before Hilton Head Prep's Teron Daley scored on a 52-yard run. But Green brought the ensuing kickoff back 90 yards for a touchdown, and a touchdown run from Carroll put Aynor ahead 35-32 with 3:21 left in the game.
But a 7-yard Dimitri Lowry scoring run capped a go-ahead drive that included a 20-yard completion from Lyman to Danny Maggard and a defensive holding call against Aynor to keep the drive going for the Dolphins, and the fumble on the Hilton Head Prep 35 on the Blue Jackets' next possession was recovered by the Dolphins' Dylan Powell to end Aynor's chances at the comeback.
Jenerette said the rare afternoon game and a four-hour bus trip were not excuses for the game's outcome. It was the turnovers and letting Hilton Head Prep capitalize on them that was the key.
"We had 540 yards of offense," Jenerette said. "We need to learn to play a little better on defense."
The loss gave the Blue Jackets a two-game skid after starting the season at 3-0, while the win stopped a two-game slide for the Dolphins in which they gave up fourth-quarter leads both times.
"This time it was just grind time, win in the fourth quarter and see who wanted it more," said Lowry. "We wanted it more."
Ohio State 3, Coastal Carolina 1 | At Kennesaw, Ga., the Buckeyes topped the Chanticleers in four games (16-25, 25-22, 15-25, 10-25) at the Kennesaw State Owl Invitational.
Chelsy Kimes had eight kills and Megan Bickford added seven for Coastal.