By Brandon Carter | Byrnes Contributor
Hough made an hour and a half trip down I-85 from Cornelius, North Carolina to face the Byrnes Rebels at historic Nixon Field. In what was supposed to be a great matchup between two football powers of the Carolinas, the Rebels really showed their class in a 44-7 blowout victory
over the Huskies.
Senior quarterback Lawrence Scott had another sensational game for the Rebels completing 14-of-16 passes, for 152 yards while adding 62 yards on the ground, and five total touchdowns.
“My performance is solely a byproduct of practicing every week and all my teammates around me,” said Scott. “Without my teammates creating the opportunities and the coaches pushing me through practice, there’s no way I could do what I do”
Scott’s top two targets, junior wide receiver Nana Burris and senior wide receiverBraylin Johnson both had solid games as well. Burris finished the night with six receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown, while Johnson netted five catches for 59 yards and a score.
The Rebels defense was stout once again, allowing only 148 yards of total offense. They’ve allowed only 13 points through the first three games of the season. Also noteworthy, the Rebels special teams blocked four Hough punts in the first half alone, with senior Ethan Harris blocking two of them.
“We knew Hough had allowed a blocked punt in their first two games, so we put some of our faster guys in punt block and really got after it,” said Harris. “Once I got the first blocked punt, I knew we would be able to get back there all night, and we did. It was awesome seeing the special team make such a big impact on the game.”
The Rebels got out to an early lead in the first quarter after Scott threw a dime to Burris for a 43-yard touchdown. Later, senior kicker Isaiah Gordon added a 23-yard field goal to extend the Rebels lead to 10-0.
Minutes later, Scott made a great play escaping pressure and extending into the endzone for his second touchdown of the game. From that point on, the Rebels began to really take control of the game, with two more passing touchdowns by Scott to Rahjai Harris and then to Johnson.
The Rebels held a convincing 31-0 lead at half, and were in control the rest of the way.
Scott added another rushing touchdown, and then his backup, Brayden Blackmon, added one as well to push the lead to 44-7.
“I thought our coaches put together another great game plan and our players went out and executed in all three phases of the game,” said Byrnes head coach Reggie Shaw said. “We are where I had hoped we would be at this point in the season.”
Next week, the Rebels have a bye week and will use that time to prepare for their region opener against Spartanburg on September 20th at 7:30.
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