Former Burlington Cummings coach David Gutshall gets it done

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 School’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 Dorman’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 Today’s top-ranked team by riding two long Ashlin Butler touchdown runs, three second-quarter interceptions – one returned by Walt Canty for a touchdown – 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 “the No. 1 team in the country”, but wary that his team will see this team again.

“You have to give (Byrnes) credit, they didn’t stop playing,” Gutshall said. “You can tell they are champions. We didn’t want them to get on the field one more time.”

“I’m just tickled for our kids,” he said. “They’ve been waiting for this moment for a very long time. They earned it.”

Said Gutshall: “(The secondary) is the strength of this team and I think that showed tonight.”

“We did a great job tackling and not giving up the big play,” Gutshall said. “And we got some big plays ourselves.”

*****from***** Congrats to Coach Gutshall, who won several state titles at Burlington Cummings.