By Brandon Carter | Byrnes Contributor
The Rebels went out and showed their class once again, defeating a solid Mauldin team, 43-0. They secured their second shutout in a row after defeating Riverside 54-0 last week.
With the win, the Rebels improve to 7-0 on the season and 4-0 in region. They are tied with Dorman atop the Region 2-5A with both teams undefeated up to this point. Mauldin slides to 4-3 and 2-2 in region.
Recent South Carolina Mr. Football finalist Rahjai Harris put together another great performance rushing for 115 yards on 11 carries to go along with his two rushing scores. He did all of this despite not even playing two full quarters.
The defense pitched another shutout and allowed only 130 yards of total offense. Senior defensive end Josh Byrd played a huge part in the defenses’ success, as he made a living in the Maverick backfield getting to the quarterback two times and affecting him on numerous occasions.
Byrds’ pressure also helped to force three turnovers, including interceptions from both senior defensive back Quintin Talley and sophomore defensive back Jy Martin.
Byrd also added a touchdown to his name after blocking a punt and recovering his own block for a touchdown.
“I think my quick first step and my technique helps me get to the quarterback a lot and allows for me to affect the quarterback and make plays that can alter the game” Byrd said.
The scoring started when Harris found a big hole in the defense and rushed for a 22-yard touchdown.
Then, in the last seconds of the first quarter, quarterback Lawrence Scott connected to his favorite target, wide receiver Braylin Johnson on a beautiful over the shoulder throw for a 40-yard touchdown.
The Rebels ran with the game from that point, going into the locker rooms at halftime with a 29-0 lead and ultimately winning the game 43-0 after two rushing scores from back-up quarterback Brayden Blackmon.
“Our coaches have been doing a great job preparing the scouting report and game plan, and the players have done a great job studying and executing those game plans,” Byrnes Head Coach Reggie Shaw said. “The players are really buying in, allowing us to be successful week in week out. We want to be the most physically and mentally prepared team on the field every week. We try to have great attention to detail in all phases of training and we try to outwork everyone we play. All of those things have resulted in a lot of success on Friday Nights”
The Rebels have dominated this matchup all-time and they continued that trend now extending their winning streak over Mauldin to 22 straight games. Byrnes leads the all-time series 31-1.
Next week is a huge region matchup as the undefeated Rebels host the undefeated Dorman Cavaliers. This game could very likely decide the region winner and will likely be the favorite to be the upper-state representative for the state title game.
Dorman has had the advantage over Byrnes recently, but the Rebels lead the all-time series 32-29-1.
Kick-off for that undefeated clash is set for 7:30 on Friday October 18th at Nixon Field in Duncan, South Carolina.
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