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Rebels bounce back, defeat Hillcrest 46-23

By Brandon Carter | Byrnes Contributor

Byrnes went out and made a statement on senior night, defeating a solid Hillcrest team 46-23, and bouncing back from their first loss of the season a week ago against Dorman. 

It started out scary for the Rebels, though, as Hillcrest returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, putting the Rebels in an early hole. 

However, Byrnes stormed back, scoring 28 unanswered points, with touchdowns from senior quarterback Lawrence Scott to senior tight end Kris Byrd for 10 yards, a pick-6 by senior safety Buddy Mack, and two rushing scores by senior running back Rahjai Harris. 

Touchdowns by senior wide receiver Braylin Johnson, senior running back Mike Jenkins, and two field goals by senior kicker Brandon Lopez extended the Rebel lead and gave them a total of 46 points on the night. 

The Rebels defense only allowed only 141 yards of total offense and tallied nine sacks. Senior linebacker Briyon Wright and senior defensive end Zydarius Webster both had two and a half sacks, while senior defensive end Josh Byrd got two of his own. 

“Our defensive line and linebackers are fast and can get to the quarterback in a hurry” Byrnes Head Coach Reggie Shaw said. “We felt like their offensive line couldn’t block us either. Our guys did a great job creating pressure and getting to the quarterback”

With the win, the Rebels improve to 8-1 on the year and 5-1 in region. The Rebels officially clinched the second spot in the region. Hillcrest falls to 4-5 on the season and 1-5 in region. 

Byrnes has now won 11 straight against Hillcrest and lead the all-time series 19-2. Interestingly enough, Byrnes has not lost a game to a Greenville County School since 2000, when Greer defeated the Rebels 28-27. 

The Rebels’ tail back Rahjai Harris eclipsed the century mark during this game, reaching 1,000 rushing yards on the season for the first time in his high school career. The East Carolina commit, continues to add to his great resume for the Mr. Football award in the state of South Carolina. 

“It felt good to finally reach 1,000 yards.” said Harris. “If it wasn’t for my family, God, and definitely my O-line, none of this would be possible. It’s also cool to be able to show my little siblings what is possible when you grind and put in the hard work”

Next week is the last regular season game of the season for Byrnes, as they travel to Boiling Springs to face the Bulldogs.  

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