HS nationwide #13 Dorman stuns #1 Byrnes, as former Burlington Cummings Cavalier coach David Gutshall leads the way for his current Cavalier team from Dorman, South Carolina.
Junior lineman Phillip Coffey, long after most of the 16,000 frenzied fans had departed Dorman High Schoolâ€™s picturesque stadium, laid flat on his back like a snow angel smack dab in the middle of the 50-yard-line.
There was much to digest following Dormanâ€™s ultra-emotional 35-28 victory over arch-nemesis Byrnes (Duncan) in a battle of national powers.
In a setting that resembled a heated Southeastern Conference college clash, the Cavaliers ended a nine-year, seven-game drought against USA Todayâ€™s top-ranked team by riding two long Ashlin Butler touchdown runs, three second-quarter interceptions â€“ one returned by Walt Canty for a touchdown â€“ and a stingy, sure-tackling defense
Dorman coach David Gutshall was cautiously elated, thrilled that the Cavaliers finally got the Byrnes monkey of their back and beat â€œthe No. 1 team in the countryâ€, but wary that his team will see this team again.
â€œYou have to give (Byrnes) credit, they didnâ€™t stop playing,â€ Gutshall said. â€œYou can tell they are champions. We didnâ€™t want them to get on the field one more time.â€
â€œIâ€™m just tickled for our kids,â€ he said. â€œTheyâ€™ve been waiting for this moment for a very long time. They earned it.â€
Said Gutshall: â€œ(The secondary) is the strength of this team and I think that showed tonight.â€
â€œWe did a great job tackling and not giving up the big play,â€ Gutshall said. â€œAnd we got some big plays ourselves.â€
*****from maxpreps.com***** Congrats to Coach Gutshall, who won several state titles at Burlington Cummings.