The shootout got out to a fast start as the Rebels marched down the field with their passing attack resulting in a touchdown score on their first possession.
For a team with an awful lot of youth on the offensive side of the ball the Rebels continue to show that their offensive prowess remains supreme. Young players like WR Torian Richardson made some key catches but it was senior WR Ricco Sanders who put the Rebels on his back. In fact it appears as if Sanders may be one of the fastest Rebels on offense in quite some time as he scored on touchdown passes of 59, 7, 57, and 47 yards. Unofficially we had him with over 200+ yards receiving on the night.
WR Randall Hawkins also made a touchdown grab of 27 yards as well.
Another hot topic sweeping through the stadium and in the parking lot afterwards was who was exactly going to be the Rebels starting quarterback? QB Chas Dodd started the game and had some big moments but also threw a few bad passes resulting in interceptions or missed opportunities. QB Trent Bailey played really well, we had him with three touchdown passes and he also scored on a pretty nice run in which he stiff armed an Indy defender en route to paydirt. Bailey also had a few mistakes as well during the game so the question remains to be seen...who's going to start for the Rebels at the all so important quarterback position?
It wouldn't surprise us if coach Chris Miller continued to play both in different situations as he also mentioned after the game that both youngsters have something to bring to the table for the Rebels in a beneficial way.
The defense also had their moments on the night and although they gave up 35 points many of those points came off of turnovers deep in Rebel territory due to the offense. Sophomore DB Riyahd Richardson made a huge interception in the fourth quarter and another fumble recovery by Byrnes late in the game put the nail in the coffin for the Patriots.
SCPrepNation.com would like to congratulate Byrnes for their victory as they represented South Carolina in a great manner against the best North Carolina has to offer in Independence. Byrnes will face Dr. Phillips High out of Florida later on this year as well in a nationally televised game. The Rebels will begin their season this Friday when they travel to face Hartsville.