2017-10-04 / Sports

Now, it gets real for Indians

Indians open difficult region slate at Dorman
By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor

The Gaffney Indians are set to begin the most important part of their schedule on Friday - the region games.

Gaffney (3-3) travels to Dorman (4-2) for the region opener.

The Indians then host Boiling Springs (4-2) and Byrnes (5-1) before the region finale at Spartanburg (5-2).

Challenging?

You betcha!

The Rebels are ranked fifth in the latest media poll released Tuesday, while Spartanburg is tied for sixth with Sumter.

Both Boiling Springs and Dorman received votes but didn’t crack the rankings.

Dorman and Spartanburg opened the region with wins this past Friday. Boiling Springs and Byrnes are 0-1 in region play.

The top four teams in the 5-team region will qualify for the playoffs. So, a very good team will be left out of the postseason.

“This is our first region game and this is very important,” Gaffney coach Dan Jones said. “It’s a very tough region. The caliber of teams is very good. Last year, Byrnes didn’t go to the playoffs, and they were a good team. We are all battling each other. There isn’t a game that’s a gimme in the region.”

Since the region games take on added importance, Jones said the players must focus and execute on every snap.

“Everything you do is important in these games,” the Gaffney coach said.

The offense clicked for 44 points and 467 yards of total offense against Rock Hill this past Friday.

The defense also limited the Bearcats to less than 200 total yards.

However, Jones said the Indians still can improve in a number of areas, namely forcing more turnovers and the kicking game. The Indians converted only two of five PATs against Rock Hill, and have forced three fumbles and two interceptions.

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