By Brandon Carter | Byrnes Contributor
In a game that will likely clinch the region for the winning team, the #2 ranked Byrnes Rebels (7-0) host the #3 ranked Dorman Cavaliers (7-0) at Nixon Field.
Both teams have huge title aspirations and a win on Friday would give them a lot of momentum for the rest of the season as the win would essentially give them the region title and thus home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Friday’s game could be a preview to the 5A upper-state championship, as Dorman and Byrnes are easily two of the best teams in the upper state.
In this matchup last year, Dorman defeated Byrnes by a score of 45-31. It was a tight game for most of the game, but Dorman pulled away late behind their rushing attack that totaled 455 yards on the ground.
This year however, the Rebels defense is much improved, and have in fact, been one of the best defensive units in South Carolina. Through seven games, the Rebels have only allowed 48 points (6.9 per game) and have pitched shoutouts in three of their seven games.
The Strike Force has also been able to make a lot of plays, forcing 15 turnovers, ten of them being interceptions, and five of them coming from fumbles. The defense has also scored half the amount of touchdowns, three, then they have allowed, six.
“I feel like we’re one of the fastest defenses in the state,” said junior linebacker Dalen Cogdell. “With that speed we are able to make a lot of plays and rally to the football”
Dorman also boasts a solid defense that has only allowed 45 points through their first seven games.
Considering how dominant both defenses have been, you would think this would be a defensive game, but both teams also have very explosive offenses that can put points on the board in a hurry.
On the season, Byrnes averages 45 points per game and 415 yards per game, while Dorman averages 46 points per game and 407 yards per game.
Both teams are very evenly matched, so it will certainly be interesting to see how this game pans out, and which team thrives in the pressure of such a big game.
“The keys to earning a victory on Friday will be getting out to a fast start and playing our game,” said senior defensive back Quintin Talley. “If we do that, we have a great chance of coming out with a win”
All-time, Byrnes leads the series 32-27-1, but Dorman has had the advantage as of late, winning three of the last four against the Rebels.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 at Nixon Field in Duncan, South Carolina for easily one of the biggest games in the state this week.
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