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Byrnes dominates Gaffney 57-30 in battle of 5A powers

By Brandon Carter | Byrnes Contributor

In an unexpected shootout, the #2 ranked Byrnes Rebels got a huge region victory on the road in hostile territory against the #4 ranked Gaffney Indians, by a score of 57-30

Senior running back Rahjai Harris led the Rebels’ offensive attack, having a career night with exactly 300 yards on the ground to go along with 4 touchdowns.

“We had a great week of practice in preparation for the game, and we put that out on the field” Harris said. “The o-line did a great job blocking. I wouldn’t have been able to have a night like that without them”

Senior quarterback Lawrence Scott also had a solid game, throwing for three touchdowns, all of which went to senior wide receiver Braylin Johnson. Against one of the top defenses in the state in Gaffney, the Rebels put up 569 yards of total offense.

Both teams traded blows for three quarters, with the scoring going back and forth. But after a 45-yard touchdown connection from Scott to Johnson, the Rebels captured the momentum and took control of the game.

“Braylin and I have an awesome connection on the field” Scott said. “He has great speed and always wins the 50-50 balls. We both kind of have a feel for how we play, and sometimes I’ll give him a look and he knows I’m coming to him”

The win was certainly a huge statement by the Rebels, winning in dominant fashion on the road in a rowdy, packed stadium against one of their biggest rivals. Byrnes proved in one of their biggest games of the regular season, that they are a legitimate contender for the state title.

The scoring got started when Byrnes backup quarterback Brayden Blackmon came in and ran for a 5-yard touchdown. The Rebels also made the bold decision to assert themselves in the game by going for two, and they converted.

However, Gaffney came back down the field and responded to the Rebels with a 47-yard touchdown run by Gaffney running back Brad Logan.

Then on the ensuing drive by the Rebels, Byrnes got back out in front with a 9-yard passing touchdown from Scott to Johnson.

That would be the theme for the first three quarters, as the teams traded scores for most the game, but the Rebels dominated the 4th quarter.

“It’s what we’ve been preaching to our players,” Byrnes Head Coach Reggie Shaw said. “We’re built for the 4-quarter grind, we can outlast teams over the course of a game.”

The win for the Rebels sees their record improve to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in region play. Gaffney falls to 3-2 with the loss, and 1-1 in region play.

The 57 points Byrnes put up on Gaffney is the most the Rebels has ever scored against the Indians in The Reservation.

Byrnes has now won three straight against the Indians, and have taken the advantage in the all time series, now leading 18-17.

Next week is homecoming for the Rebels, as they will face Riverside in another region game that is set to kickoff at 7:30 at Nixon Field.

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