Byrnes to Host National Powerhouse

Mark Down September 19th on your calendar for a showdown of 2 champions.

Bobby Bentley won't have to use his late nights searching for a football opponent for the upcoming season.

The Byrnes head coach agreed to play another game with
Louisiana's Evangel Christian Academy on Tuesday. The game will be played on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m., Bentley said.

And this time the Rebels, the defending Division II-4A state champions, don't have to make a trip -- the Eagles are coming to
Duncan.

Following a scheduling snafu with another out-of-state team, Bentley searched the Internet for an opponent and found one of the nation's top teams. Last fall, Evangel Christian won its eighth state championship.

"It's exciting," Bentley said. "I didn't think (Coach Dennis Dunn) would do it. He told me last year that we'd have to win the state title for them to travel and play us."

The Rebels made the 12-hour journey last September and lost 21-10.

"When we discussed playing last year, I didn't know what to expect," Dunn said. "It was a great game. They had great support from their fans and we thought it would be a great environment for our kids."

"For us to win a state championship and lose to them, shows the level of a team they are," Bentley said.

The schools signed a one-year deal last year to play. Bentley said he didn't think there was any chance of him finding another game inside the state, so he was elated when Dunn called on Tuesday.

It didn't take long for the contract to be drawn and both parties' sign.

"It's good that (Dunn) wants to play us," Bentley said. "It makes us feel good about our program."

"We have trouble finding games, so we wanted to lock this one down," Dunn said. "I think they were the best team we played all season. They could have won the state title in
Louisiana." 

 


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