By Brandon Carter | Byrnes Contributor
After rolling through their non-region schedule, winning by a combined score of 117-15, the Byrnes Rebels (3-0) prepare for their region opener against the Spartanburg Vikings (1-2) at Nixon Field on September 20th at 7:30.
Both teams are coming off a bye week and have used the extra week to shore up a few issues they have faced through the first couple of games, as well as get a few guys back healthy.
Senior running back and recent Shrine Bowl selection, Rahjai Harris explained that the extra time to prepare has been “very valuable.” As he sees it, big region games like this are “won on Mondays through Thursdays” on the practice field.
Expect to see a lot of Harris in the game on Friday, as he has been a hard man to stop this season. He’s already accumulated 318 yards of total offense and five total touchdowns through just the first three games. Harris’s backfield partner, senior quarterback Lawrence Scott, has also put together a spectacular season throwing for 548 yards with an outrageous completion percentage of 80%, to go along with 12 total touchdowns to just one interception.
Those two guys have been driving forces to the Rebel’s high-powered offense that has been really impressive this season, averaging 39 points per game and 370 yards per game.
However, the Rebels defense–or better known as Strike Force– has arguably been just as good, stifling opponent’s offenses to just five points a game and 164 yards a game. In addition, the defense has also been able to get their offense extra possessions by forcing six turnovers (4 interceptions, 2 fumbles) in just three games.
In last year’s matchup between the Rebels and the Vikings, the Rebels came out on top, winning by a score of 26-7. That game has been seen as a big turning point for the Byrnes football program, as the Rebels have racked up an impressive 12-2 since then.
Spartanburg leads the all-time series against Byrnes (30-23-2), but the Rebels have won 15 of the last 18 matchups between the two rivals.
Widely regarded as the toughest region in the state and arguably in all of the southeast, the Rebels are ready for the gauntlet that is Region 2-5A. To reach their title aspirations, the Rebels must get through the rugged region opposition that is waiting for them for the next seven weeks.
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