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Gaffney 22, Byrnes 18 (10/12/12)

October 13, 2012

In a game dominated by strong defensive efforts and big plays, it was Gaffney that came out on top 22-18 in its match up against South Carolina’s top ranked Byrnes High School. 12,000 revved up fans game out to watch this Great American Rivalry Series game.

Great American Rivalry Series game MVP Hyleck Foster scored Gaffney’s go ahead touchdown with 44 seconds left on a direct snap 4 yard run. In Byrnes subsequent possession, Foster intercepted quarterback Shuler Bentley’s pass with 28 seconds left to clinch the game for Gaffney.

Foster finished the game with 63 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 20 attempts, 17 yards receiving on 5 receptions and an interception during his lone play on defense.

Byrnes fell to 7-1 after coming into the game undefeated and ranked No. 3 in the USA TODAY Super 25 national poll and No. 6 in MaxPreps Xcellent 25 poll. Gaffney improved its record to 5-3. Both teams now sit tied with Dorman High School at 3-1 atop South Carolina’s Region 2 AAAA.

Gaffney quarterback Shaq Davidson provided a herculean effort to compliment Foster’s two touchdowns. He frustrated Byrnes’s defense all night with his feet by extending plays as Byrnes players chased him all over the field.

Davidson finished the game with 116 yards passing and 155 rushing yards, including a 47-yard touchdown on a quarterback scramble with 8:15 left in the 4th quarter to put the Indians ahead 15-10.

Akia Booker highlighted Byrnes’s offensive effort. Booker caught 7 passes for 151 yards from Bentley, including touchdowns of 80 yards in the 2nd quarter and 17 yards in the 4th quarter. The latter touchdown and a two point conversion put the Rebels ahead 18-15.

However, Booker’s last touchdown left 7:50 on the clock and just enough time for Byrnes to post the upset. After holding Byrnes to a 3 and out, Gaffney took over on their own 32 yard line with a little over 2 minutes left in the game. Davidson then completed 2 of 3 passes including a 42 yard reception by Brandon Bevis that brought the Indians to 4 yard line. From there, Foster posted the game winner.


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Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.