The Rebels won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball there. That would be a sign of things to come as they marched down the field on their opening drive culminating in a 29 yard touchdown pass by QB Chas Dodd to WR Ricco Sanders. Sanders streaked across the middle and then made some Indian defenders miss on his way to the endzone. The PAT was no good.
After a three and out by the Indians the Rebels turned to the duo once again. Dodd hit Sanders for a 24 yard touchdown pass and the Rebels were in business again. Randall Hawkins caught the two point conversion try in the back of the endzone and the Rebels lead stood at 14-0.
Dodd would later find RB Marcus Lattimore on a swing pass from 5 yards out to push the lead to 21-0. The Indians pinned the Rebels deep on a punt downed by S Johnny Woods at around the 1 yard line. Woods would recover a fumble in the endzone to put the Indians on the scoreboard and make it 21-7. The Rebels responded once again with the Dodd to Sanders connection as Sanders took one to the house from 18 yards out for his third touchdown of the night.
The Indians kept their hopes alive with a 24 yard strike by QB David Dewberry to WR Ty Dawkins for a touchdown. That moved the score to 28-14 but the Rebels responded quickly using a 73 yard touchdown catch by WR Nick Jones to stretch their lead once again. Late in the second quarter 2008 WR Randall Hawkins hauled in a 4 yard TD on a slant from Dodd to make it 42-14 at halftime.
The second half saw both teams struggle for the most part as the only score came on a spectacular leaping grab by Byrnes WR Jason Logan. (Check our photo galleries as this one was the photo of the week).
The Rebels offensive and defensive line dominated this one and the outcome was never in doubt once the Rebels got off to the quick start. The Rebels move to 9-0 on the season while Gaffney falls to 7-2.
- QB Chas Dodd had another strong performance as the sophomore went 24-37 for 373 yards passing with 7 touchdown passes. He also threw 3 interceptions but his work for the most part on the night was extrememly impressive. He checked out of a play at the line and then called the 73 yard bomb to Jones which was impressive considering his age.
- 2009 WR Ricco Sanders continues to impress us as he caught 7 passes for 94 yards and 3 touchdowns. His ability to take a short slant and then make defenders miss and then jet past them was a thing of beauty. Sanders will be getting a call from us this week so be on the lookout for a recruiting update on the 2009 prospect.
- 2010 RB Marcus Lattimore had another solid performance as he had 23 carries for 71 yards but also caught 6 passes for 71 yards as well including a touchdown.
- 2010 WR/RB Nick Jones had his breakout performance it seems catching 6 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown on the night. Jones had a fumble on a punt return but redeemed himself with some great catches. The youngster seemed a little down on himself after the muffed punt but turned things around in a big way which is a sign of true player.
- Gaffney S Johnny Woods had a great performance and the 2008 prospect deserves more attention than he's gotten. He was all over the field and had some monster hits. College coaching staffs should take a closer look at this senior standout. With good size, speed, strength, and a real nose for the ball Woods needs to be playing on Saturdays somewhere next season. A recruiting update will be forthcoming with Woods as well.
- Gaffney LB J.B. Shippy didn't have the normal monster game he puts up but don't sleep on the young man. Some knock his size but pound for pound he's one of the best linebackers in the southeast. Shippy has some scholarship offers and we'll give you an update with him this week about his newest schools showing interest.
- Coaches from Central Michigan and Coastal Carolina were on hand to take in the game and check out the talented players on both teams.