Covering High School Sports in America
Willie Korn was a high school All-American quarterback at Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) and set several state passing records.

File photo by Brent Brock

Shuler Bentley, Byrnes

However, the Rebels have a new gunslinger. Though only a junior, Shuler Bentley shattered one of Korn's most prestigious records Friday night when he passed for 379 yards and five touchdowns during a 51-21 Class 4A playoff victory over Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.).

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported that he now has 54 touchdown passes this year - one more than Korn's state record - to go with 4,277 yards.

Byrnes, now 11-1, trailed 21-0 before the 6-foot-1, 197-pound Bentley fired three touchdown passes in the second quarter and the Rebels' defense blanked Spring Valley the rest of the way.

The Rebels have won 11 state titles and are a perennial national power, however reports have surfaced that they might be ousted from the playoffs for using an ineligible player. Another report the player in question played on the JV team and never participated at the varsity level.

Reports here completely conflict, so until we hear officially, assume Byrnes is still alive to go after title No. 12.

No matter what, Bentley's numbers are solid.