Byrnes High School Football: Rebel Gridiron History

Byrnes High School Football: Rebel Gridiron History

by Zachary Johnson


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Byrnes High School football has sparked a legacy of champions since its inception in 1955. It was one of the first schools in South Carolina to desegregate, and it now boasts nine state championship wins. Team historian and former Rebel Zachary Johnson (class of '99) traces the evolution of the Rebels, from their first win over Blue Ridge High in 1955 to their now nationally televised games. Included are stories of the incredible coaches and players, such as Coach Bobby Bentley, who brought the team to the Class 4-AAAA playoffs ten times, and tailback Marcus Lattimore, who scored 104 touchdowns during his tenure at Byrnes. With a generous collection of statistics, all-time records and photographs of every team, this book is a must-have for every proud Rebel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609491697
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 12/07/2010
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Zachary David Johnson, Byrnes class of 1999, is a lifelong resident of District 5, which is where his father's family has lived for generations. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Felicia, who was also a member of the Byrnes class of 1999. They have one son, Campbell David Johnson. Zach is an educator and coach.

Table of Contents

Preface 13

Acknowledgements 15

1 Before There Was Byrnes 17

District 5's Consolidation 17

2 Est. 1955 25

The First Year 25

James F. Byrnes 27

D.M. Nixon 28

The Inaugural Season 30

Long Ago, But Not Forgotten 30

3 The Coaches 33

Charles Burnette 33

H.L. Quintana 33

Joe Hazle 34

Kermit Littlefield 34

Dalton Rivers 35

James "Bo" Corne 35

Keith McAllister 36

Fred Coan 36

Bobby Bentley 37

Chris Miller 38

Coaches' Record Summary, 1995-Present 39

4 Leading the Charge 43

Dalton Rivers 44

James "Bo" Corne 51

Bobby Bentley 59

Chris Miller 68

5 Old Foes and New Foes 77

The Rivalries 77

Crossing the Border: Out-of-State Rivals 78

6 Championship Material 87

Blue and Gray (With a Little Red for Color) 88

7 Championship Rings 93

Got Rings? 93

The Logo 94

8 The Future 95

D.R. Hill Tigers 96

Florence Chapel Cougars 96

9 All-Team Pictures 97

10 All-Time Season and Game-by-Game Results 123

1950s 124

1960s 126

1970s 129

1980s 133

1990s 137

2000s 141

Yearly Results 146

Rebels versus All Opponents 147

Byrnes Rebels All-Time Championship Summary 150

11 All-Time Records 151

Top Performances in Byrnes Football 151

Individual School Records 158

Byrnes Team Records 165

12 Byrnes Football All-Time Greats 169

Shrine Bowl Selections 169

North-South Coaches' All-Star Selections 170

Sources 173

About the Author 175

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