#1 Byrnes Holds Off #7 Clover 28-12

Seasons past the Rebels relied on their senior class to carry the load for the Byrnes Rebels. This year they are loaded with underclassmen talent and guys like juniors Riyahd Richardson, Justin Bright, sophomores Marcus Lattimore, Nick Jones, and Chas Dodd are powering the attack. Friday night they ran into a tough Clover squad who runs the wingbone offense. It was a battle to the end.

The #7 ranked Clover Blue Eagles came in confident but were unable to defeat the #1 ranked Byrnes Rebels in a 28-12 defeat.

It wasn't pretty and the cooler temperatures seemed to have a slight effect on the players as the season's first solid cold snap hit the upstate. The Rebels scored their first touchdown on a 1 yard run by Marcus Lattimore and then again on a touchdown catch by Nick Jones.

The Blue Eagles kept the game close early on using their wing-T offense as they were able to hit a big play with RB Tyron Douglas breaking some tackles at the line of scrimmage and racing past the Byrnes defensive backfield for a 78 yard touchdown run in the second quarter to bring the score to 14-6.

The second half saw Clover climb right back into things with a 45 yard interception return for a touchdown to make it 14-12. From there the Rebels defense held strong and two more TD scores by Lattimore sealed the deal for the victory.

Byrnes QB Chas Dodd finally threw his first interception of the night and the Blue Eagles capitalized bringing it back for a 45 yard touchdown return. Dodd has emerged as a prospect to watch in the class of 2010 and should he continue to grow and mature he'll be one of the most recruited QB's in the southeast before it's all said and done. Last week Dodd broke the Byrnes single game passing yardage record formerly set by Anthony Johnson in 2001 with 462 yards passing against Hillcrest. The record surpasses former Byrnes stars like Willy Korn, Trey Elder, Archie Irby, and Bobby Bentley (Dodd's step-father who formerly coached Byrnes before moving on to Presbyterian College after last season).

The Rebels move to 8-0 on the season while the Blue Eagles fall to 6-2. SCPrepNation.com will be at the biggest game of the week next week when the Gaffney Indians pay the Byrnes Rebels a visit.

Game Notes

  • Clover RB Tyron Douglas showed great burst and an extra gear when necessary as evidence by his 78 yard touchdown run. Definitely a player to watch closely over the next few years as he is just a sophomore. Younger brother of senior Clover star Chris Douglas who is unfortunately out with an injury.
  • -Byrnes LB Daniel Cleveland came up with another huge game for the Rebels defense. The youngster is a name to keep an eye out for. He has a nose for the ball and had a few monstrous hits in the backfield tonight. At 5'11 200 pounds the junior prospect is emerging quickly on the recruiting radar.
  • -Byrnes CB Riyahd Richardson was a little upset that he hadn't picked off any passes in our last update with him but he managed to get three interceptions against the Blue Eagles, numerous schools are actively recruiting the 2009 prospect. The 3 interceptions we were told ties a Byrnes single game record.
  • Byrnes RB Marcus Lattimore continues to impress us both as a powerful runner and catching passes out of the backfield. He still heads the class of 2010 in our eyes thus far. Scoring 3 of the 4 touchdowns for the Rebels tonight is evidence of his soon arrival to superstardom in the eyes of national analysts.
  • Byrnes S Justin Bright had another big performance with we believe his 3rd interception in the past 3 games. Bright also apparently turned an ankle late in the game and we'll update you on his status. Many new schools have entered the recruiting mix for Bright so we'll have an update for you this week.

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