For once, offense wasn't the name of the game for Byrnes.
The Rebels struggled out of the gate and fell 14-0 to the Buccanners of Hoover, Ala., in an ESPN televised game at District 3 Stadium in Rock Hill on Saturday.
It was the first time Byrnes (0-1) has been shut out since a 41-0 loss to Rock Hill at the same stadium on Oct. 15, 1999.
The Rebels only mustered 127 total yards of offense with 38 yards through the air.
Byrnes was also 0-for-11 on third down conversions.
Hoover (1-0) finished with 253 total yards and 4-for-15 on third downs.
"We're just young," Byrnes coach Chris Miller said. "We lost three great receivers (coming into the game) and struggled a little bit. I'm definitely not taking anything away from our younger players. But when you don't have Tony (Hillman) and Craig (Weick), it hurts us a little bit."
Hillman and Weick both missed the game due to injuries. Wide receiver Akia Booker also missed the game because of disciplinary reasons.
Byrnes did not cross into Hoover territory until 3:56 to go in regulation. The threat of a comeback ended after giving up a pair of sacks and an incomplete pass on 4th-and-28 at its own 46.
"We controlled the run and forced them into a few second-and-longs and third-and-longs," Hoover coach Josh Niblett said. "We also got a couple of key turnovers."
"We worked hard all offseason for this," Bucs defensive lineman Tyler Roberts said. "We knew we'd be the fastest team they've seen. We knew if we did our job, we would come out on top."
Hoover scored with 3:20 remaining in the first quarter on a 20-yard touchdown run by quarterback Caleb Sims. He finished with four carries for 37 yards and three catches for 24 yards. He also added three punt returns for 38 yards.
Hoover had the ball inside Byrnes' territory on four other occasions in the first half but didn't capitalize for a 7-0 halftime score.
"I think we did OK," Byrnes defensive tackle Rashad Dillard said. "But we still have stuff to improve on."
The Bucs scored with 2:02 to go in the third quarter on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Carter to Jaylon Denson.
The three-play drive was set up by a 34-yard pass from Carter to Dakota Daniel which went to the Rebels' 45.
Carter finished with 11-of-25 passing for 127 yards and one touchdown. Justin McArthur led the Bucs in rushing with 13 carries for 60 yards.
Shakeem Wharton led Byrnes with 22 carries for 91 yards.
"We'll continue to work and get back to the practice field," Miller said. "We'll be all right. I expect our guys to bounce back and keep working."