GAFFNEY 21, BYRNES 19

Indians again solve Rebels

Gaffney holds on late to advance to state title game

From Staff and Wire ReportsNovember 24, 2012 

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— Hyleck Foster ran for 179 yards and two touchdowns, and Gaffney stayed on its collision course with a state championship, knocking off rival Byrnes, 21-19 on Friday night in the Class 4A Division I semifinals at The Reservation.

The Indians (11-3) advance to face Dutch Fork in Friday’s state championship at Williams-Brice Stadium.

It was Byrnes’ second loss of the season to Gaffney, which also won the regular-season matchup.

After a scoreless first half, the Rebels (11-3) jumped out to a 13-0 lead on Shuler Bentley’s 1-yard scoring run and a blocked punt for a scoop-and-score less than five minutes later. Lyrics Klugh returned the blocked kick 10 yards, but the point-after was off the mark.

Gaffney then ran off three straight scores, bookending a O’Bryant Davidson 30-yard interception return for a score with two touchdowns from Foster.

Greg McHam scored on a 9-yard scoring pass from Bentley to bring the Rebels to within two, but the tying, two-point conversion pass fell incomplete.

The Rebels have lost their last two trips to Gaffney, including 22-18 last month. Their last playoff trip at Gaffney came in 2006, which resulted in a 16-13 loss.

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