By Brandon Carter | Byrnes Contributor
The fourth-ranked Byrnes Rebels ended the regular season season on a good mark, defeating the Boiling Springs Bulldogs 28-0.
It’s the fourth shutout of the season for the Rebels, as the “Strike Force” defense continues to suffocate the opposing offenses.
The Rebels defense allowed only 67 yards of total offense on the night, while also getting to the quarterback with four sacks.
“Our defensive guys do a great job getting off of blocks and running to the football” Byrnes Head Coach Reggie Shaw said. “They are also doing great at getting to the quarterback and pressuring him”
Senior linebacker Briyon Wright had a big game, totaling nine and half tackles, to go along with three tackles for loss and two sacks.
“It felt really good to have a performance like that,” Wright said. “I want to thank God, my teammates, and my coaches for always having my back. We had one job last night and it was to play shutdown defense and that’s what we went out and did.
The majority of the Rebels offense went through the senior quarterback Lawrence Scott, who threw for 121 yards and ran for another 66, while also accounting for 21 of the Rebels 28 points.
Scott opened the scoring in this game with 3:34 left in the 1st quarter, evading a barrage of tacklers and scampering into the endzone for an 11-yard rushing touchdown.
He then added a second score, this time through the air, on a 48-yard dime to junior wide receiver NaNa Buriss.
Junior wide receiver Qua Meadors then scored next on a thrifty reverse play to put the Rebels up 21-0 with 7:14 left in the 3rd quarter.
Scott then added his second rushing score and third overall on the night, after breaking off a big 32-yard rushing touchdown, making the final score 28-0.
With the win, the Rebels finished the regular season 9-1 and 6-1 in the region. Boiling Springs slid to 4-6 on the season and 3-4 in region.
However, Boiling Springs still clinched their spot in the playoffs, holding onto the fifth seed in the region. They’ll be on the road in the opening round of the playoffs to face #1 seed Clover.
For Byrnes, they will host Nation Ford at Nixon Field in the opening round of the playoffs on Friday, November 18th
They head into the playoffs with plenty of momentum after winning their last two regular season games by 20+ points.
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