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Rebels favored to roll over Riverside

By Brandon Carter | Byrnes Contributor

Coming off a huge 57-30 win over Gaffney, the #2 ranked Byrnes Rebels (5-0) face off against the Riverside Warriors (0-5) on Friday night. 

The Rebels are huge favorites in this game and they are expected to win easily. However, guarding against that complacency is vital, as coaches and players alike will tell you, you can’t take any opponent lightly. An upset is always possible. 

This season the Rebels have been led on offense by their great backfield tandem of senior quarterback Lawrence Scott and senior running back Rahjai Harris. On the season, Scott has 793 passing yards with 13-1 touchdown to interception ratio, as well as a 71% completion percentage. 

Harris has 672 rushing yards on 7.6 yards per carry, with 9 touchdowns. Nearly half of his yardage came in last week’s victory over Gaffney when Harris rushed for a mind-blowing 300 yards. 

Scott has also had some solid weapons to throw the ball too. Most notably, senior wide receiver Braylin Johnson has seemed to be his favorite receiver as they have connected 17 times for 362 yards and 8 touchdowns. 

In addition, Senior tight end and Georgia State commit Kris Byrd has gotten back to full health recently and is becoming a big impact player for the Rebels offensive attack. 

“When I was hurt I wanted to get out there so bad, but when you’re hurt you start to realize there’s more ways to contribute to the team. I started coaching the guys up and helping a few younger guys with some things. But now that I’m back on the field, it feels good to be able to contribute with my play” said Byrd. 

The defense has been stout as well, holding opponents to only 9.6 points per game and 223 yards per game. Senior defensive Josh Byrd and senior defensive backs Nijae Crouch and Buddy Mack have been standouts on the defense so far. Byrd has been all over the opponent’s backfield with 15 tackles for loss and 5 sacks. Crouch leads the team with three interceptions and Mack has been a defensive Swiss Army Knife, totaling 15 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, and an interception. 

Riverside doesn’t have a Junior Varsity team, so the Rebels are planning on dressing their JV guys and getting them some play time on Friday for Varsity.

Byrnes is 18-3 all-time against Riverside, including a current 8-game winning streak over the Warriors. Last year the Rebels won this matchup 45-20. 

Kickoff for the matchup between the Riverside Warriors and the Byrnes Rebels is set for 7:30 at Nixon Field. 

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