From the beginning of Saturday's Class 4A Division I state championship game to its thrilling end, topsy-turvy ruled.
Dorman outplayed Byrnes all day. The Rebels' offense sputtered, slowed by penalties and turnovers.
The Cavaliers placed themselves in position to take advantage, and they walked off the field at Williams-Brice Stadium with the big trophy after beating the top-ranked Rebels 28-17.
As upsets go, this one was not unexpected. Dorman (14-1) has a fast defense, solid offensive line, speedy playmakers on both sides of the ball and a smart, veteran coaching staff.
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Where it was unexpected was the way it unfolded, with normally unflappable Byrnes proving human.
The Rebels (13-2) committed 10 penalties for 82 yards. They turned the ball over four times. In the first quarter alone, they one-hopped a snap to their punter and air-mailed a shotgun snap over quarterback Chas Dodd's head.
This from a team that won six state championships in this decade, including the past two years. This from a team that carried a 14-game playoff winning streak into Saturday.
None of that mattered, because this Byrnes team got a case of the yips at the worst time.
This is Tiger Woods three-putting on the 18th green on Sunday at a major, the New York Yankees getting swept in the World Series or Michael Jordan missing a buzzer-beater shot in the playoffs.
Understand that since 2002, the Rebels were 110-6.
In their past 10 games with Dorman, their Spartanburg County neighbor, the Rebels were 9-1. They had beaten Dorman by an average score of 33-13, including 17-10 this season.
And the game was played at Williams-Brice Stadium. The last time the Rebels played here, they blasted Summerville 48-9 for the state championship in 2007. The time before that, they bullied Richland Northeast 51-8 for a state title in 2005.
Dorman did not care.
The Cavaliers play in the same region with Byrnes. They are the only school that has faced Byrnes every season since the Rebels started playing football. That overall series stands at Byrnes 28 wins and Dorman 27 with three ties.
Unlike Byrnes' past three championship game victims - Sumter, Summerville and Richland Northeast - Dorman felt no fear because they knew what they were facing.
"We always knew we could do it," said Dorman defensive back John Parker, whose 55-yard interception return for a fourth-quarter touchdown sealed the win. "We just had to take advantage of our opportunities."
The Cavaliers did that. Despite having six less first downs than Byrnes, 211 total yards compared to the Rebels' 389 and holding the ball seven fewer minutes, the Cavaliers toppled the state's football king.
That king, for this season anyway, is dead.
Long live the new king.