By Brandon Carter | Byrnes Contributor
In their final game of the regular season, the #4 Byrnes Rebels (8-1, 5-1) go on the road for a matchup against their region foe, the Boiling Springs Bulldogs (4-5, 3-3).
The Rebels have already clinched their spot in the playoffs, so this is strictly a tune-up game for them heading into the postseason. For Boiling Springs however, they are still vying for a spot in the playoffs and are fighting against Mauldin and Spartanburg for the last two spots for the playoffs in Region II-5A.
Byrnes head coach Reggie Shaw still sees the game as an opportunity to fix a few things heading into the playoffs saying:
“We need to be consistent and have individual accountability,” Shaw said. “We need to do our job every play. We have to be focused with an attention to detail. One play can make the difference in a game and we have to be disciplined. Our guys need to realize this, especially as we approach the playoffs”
The Rebels bounced back after the tough loss to Dorman, with a win last week against Hillcrest 46-23. The defense got back in their groove, allowing only 141 yards of total offense and forcing nine sacks on the night.
Byrnes has boasted one of the better defensive units in the state this season. On the year, they are allowing only 11.8 points per game, and 197.6 yards per game.
Senior defensive end Josh Byrd and senior defensive back Buddy Mack, have been two of the big standouts for the defense this year.
Byrd has been all over the field this year for the Rebels, leading the team in tackles (43), tackles for loss (23), and sacks (11).
Mack has been great in the secondary, getting two interceptions, both for touchdowns, while also having four pass break-ups. Mack also does a great job getting down the hill from his safety position, accumulating 27 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks, all impressive numbers for a safety.
The offense has also done its part, averaging 43.4 points per game and 416 yards per game. The senior backfield partnership of quarterback Lawrence Scott and Rahjai Harris have been great this year, but the offensive line deserves a lot of credit as well, as that unit has created a lot of holes for Harris to run through, and given Scott time to throw the ball.
In last week’s matchup against Hillcrest, the Rebels won big, defeating the Bulldogs 55-21. The Rebels were led by a career night from their current quarterback, Lawrence Scott who threw 353 yards and 7 touchdowns.
The Rebels have dominated the matchup all-time as well, leading the series 35-3-2. The Rebels also currently ride a nine game winning streak at Bulldog Stadium, the home of Boiling Springs.
Rain shouldn’t be a factor in this game, as it is projected to be clear skies on Friday Night, unlike it has been for the days leading up to the game.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 at Bulldog Stadium in Boiling Springs for the last regular season game of the season for both teams.
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