2006-08-02 / Sports

Indians to play Byrnes on national TV

By LARRY HILLIARD Ledger Sports Editor larry@gaffneyledger.com

Thanks to Fox Sports, the defending Big 16 state champion Gaffney Indians will receive some national exposure this season.

Gaffney coach Phil Strickland said although nothing has been finalized it appears the Indians will host 4-time defending Class 4A Division II Byrnes on Thursday, Oct. 19, on Fox National.

The game could be viewed by as many as 90 million people, Strickland said.

"To get the kids on national television would give them a chance to be seen by (college) scouts when they normally wouldn't," the Gaffney coach said.

It's also a chance to have the national spotlight shine on Gaffney, he said.

"It's great for community recognition," he said. "Millions of people don't know where Gaffney, SC is, but they will after the game."

Strickland said Fox officials began talks with the schools earlier this summer. At first, Fox officials wanted the game moved to Byrnes' Nixon Field. But Strickland would have none of that.

"It's our home game and it's our turn to host it," he said.

The teams have split their last two meetings, with each team winning on their home field.

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