The sky looked threatening throughout the week and into the afternoon of this annual match up when it finally opened up just hours before kickoff and drenched the Nixon Stadium turf, but it was the Brynes Rebels who turned out to be the real and certain threat for the Gaffney Indians in front of a sell-out crowd. The Marine presence was just as strong with the inflatable Drill Instructor and Marine tent/Chin-up Challenge/H3 complex used by the announcer all night as a directional point in the stadium.
John Eubanks is a four-star General on the varsity football team at Byrnes. He carries a 3.9 GPA and is a member of the German National Honor Society. John plans on pursuing a degree in engineering at Clemson University. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Eubanks.
Joshua Reome is a two-year starter at offensive guard for the Gaffney Indians. He carries a 3.5 GPA and was selected as an All-Area Academic Team member in 2008. He is a member of the Beta Club, Spanish Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He plans to attend Wofford College and major in biology. His parents are Rod and Donne Reome.
HALL OF FAME
From the opening drive, the Rebels took it to their cross town rivals. When Gaffney stopped Brynes opening drive on the three yard line, the Rebels did not hang their heads. Instead, on the very next play, their defense tackled the Gaffney quarterback in the end zone for the game's first score. On the ensuing kickoff, Brynes made the Indians pay again as Tony Hillman exploded around a wall of blockers and took the ball 69 yards to the house, making it 9-0 Brynes less than half way through the first quarter. The Rebels would not let up for the remainder of the half making the score at the break, 46-0.
Throughout this onslaught by the Rebels, the in-stadium announcer repeatedly and often talked about the Chin up Challenge and making a visit to the Marine complex. The chin up interest began to build in the first quarter, but really took on steam in the second. By halftime, there was a line waiting their turn.
Leading the ground attack for Brynes was Marcus Lattimore with 22 carries for 162 yards and three touchdowns, while the air attack included Quarterback Chas Dodd's 15 of 20 passing for 281 yards. Scoring one touchdown on a four yard end around was Torian Richardson, who later scored on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Dodd. Not to be outdone, Craig Weick would add a score on a four yard pass play in the first quarter and complete the scoring for the Rebels in the third with an electrifying 58 yard touchdown pass from his brother Lee Weick. The final score was Brynes 60, Gaffney 7.
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