The Byrnes Rebels are rolling this summer on their 7 on 7 rounds as they prepare for the 2012 Season. The Rebels won their very own Palmetto State Showdown over the weekend for the third time in five years.
Despite it being 7 on 7 , the Rebels “A” team showed that they are primed and ready to make a serious run at a third straight South Carolina State Championship while seeking to up their national presence, which is already a staple in the program located and supported by the city of Duncan, SC.
Byrnes had their 13 game 7 on 7 winning streak snapped in their second game of pool play this weekend with a 28-27 loss to Hillside-Durham (NC) adding late scores for window dressing. Byrnes “A” would finish 8-2 in pool play, the other loss came to Bergen Catholic when Shaedon Meadors had a pass glance off his hands in the end zone as time expired giving Bergen Catholic the 36-30 thrilling win.
The Rebels would enter the “playoff” portion of the Showdown as the overall No.2 seed behind unbeaten Bergen Catholic (10-0). The Rebels defeated Brunswick and North Gwinnett to advance to the finals and earn another shot at Bergen Catholic. Bergen Catholic defeated Byrnes B and Myrtle Beach to advance to the finals.
In the championship games Byrnes fell behind 21-13 after Bergen Catholic’s Kyle Queiro intercepted Shuler Bentley pass in the end zone. Bergen Catholic would then march to the doorstep behind the arm of quarterback Jon Germano but DJ Henderson of Byrnes would intercept a deflected pass in the end zone and Byrnes was in business trailing 21-16 and getting the ball back.
The Rebels would cash in on the opportunity as Tournament Co-MVP Shuler Bentley would find the Tournament ‘s Top Wide Receiver Greg McHam in the end zone on third down (the last down in 7 on 7 action) for a touchdown. The 1-point PAT was good and Byrnes held a 23-21 lead with 23 seconds left.
Jon Germano ,the tournaments other Co-MVP winner, hit JJ Kulcsar on a big gainer across the middle for a first down with 14 seconds left. Two plays later everything was in the balance for Bergen Catholic’s offense and Byrnes’ defense. The roles were reversed from their earlier meeting in pool play where Byrnes’ offense had the last shot. With 5 seconds left Jon Germano went to the right corner but Dashon Pitts of Byrnes broke up the pass giving Byrnes the win 23-21.
“I knew my defense would give me another shot”, Byrnes quarterback Shuler Bentley said when asked about his interception. “My mindset was get the ball back and score”, he added.
Byrnes A Team has complied a 23-2 record in their last two passing tournaments while the Byrnes B team has compiled a 16-6 record. All total Byrnes is 39-8 in their last two passing tournaments.
“7 on 7 is 7 on 7. This championship win and the one last week doesn’t mean it will relate to winning a State Championship but it’s good work and I give the credit to my teammates and coaches. Bergen Catholic is fast on defense, very well coached and they give you trouble in their secondary”, Bentley said
Yes you must take 7 on 7 with a grain of salt however you cannot discount the reps and experience it chalks up. 7 on 7 is growing across the country as many see the positives of participating.
“Were a running team but your going to have to pass at some point and I want my guys ready for those situations both on offense and defense”, one coach, who wanted to remain unnamed said.
Other coaches echoed those statements while keeping it all in perspective.
“Yea we wanna win but we came down here to get better. To do that we felt we had to up our profile and play top teams, even if it was just 7 on 7” another unnamed coach stated.
Bergen Catholic finished the tournament with a highly impressive 13-1 mark after only having three days of practice before coming south. Their 2012 schedule is littered with high-profile games with a trip to Bishop Gorman (NV), a visit from Cocoa (FL), a season ending date with Paramus Catholic and the ever important meeting with Don Bosco (NJ). Bergen Catholic is ranked as high as No. 17 in some preseason rankings.
BC- Germano Touchdown Pass (PAT no good) BC 6-0
Byrnes- Bentley to McHam (PAT no good) Tied 6-6
BC- Germano To Kulcsar (PAT no good) BC 12-6
Byrnes- Bentley to Booker (1pt PAT good) Byrnes 13-12
BC- Germano to Dawson (2pt PAT no good) BC 18-13
BC- K.Quiero Interception BC 21-13
Byrnes- Henderson Interception BC 21-16
Byrnes- Bentley to McHam (1pt PAT good)Byrnes 23-21