The Hillcrest Rams and Byrnes Rebels will face off in the second round of the 2023 SCHSL 5A Football Championships on Friday, November 10th, at 7:30pm ET at Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina.
What it is: South Carolina High School Football
Matchup: Hillcrest Rams vs. Byrnes Rebels
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 7:30pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 SCHSL 5A Football Championships
Round: Second Round
Locations: Byrnes – Duncan, SC
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The Rams come into the game with a 9-2 record, while the Rebels are 10-1. Byrnes is ranked 2nd in the state, while Hillcrest is ranked 16th.
The Rams have a balanced offense, averaging 38.9 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Ryan Wright, who has thrown for over 2,300 yards and 32 touchdowns this season. Wright is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 400 yards and seven touchdowns. Hillcrest also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Matt Cassidy.
The Rebels have a high-powered offense, averaging 33.2 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Micah Ford, who has thrown for over 3,000 yards and 38 touchdowns this season. Ford is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 500 yards and eight touchdowns. Byrnes also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Landyn Collins.
Both defenses are playing at a high level, with Hillcrest allowing just 14.8 points per game and Byrnes allowing just 15.3 points per game.
This is sure to be a close game between two evenly matched teams. Hillcrest will need to find a way to slow down the Rebels’ passing game and force turnovers. Byrnes will need to protect the football and capitalize on their scoring opportunities.
This is the first time that the two teams have met on the gridiron.
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Both teams are evenly matched, but I am giving the edge to Byrnes due to their home field advantage and their slightly better record. I predict that the Rebels will win a close game, 28-24.