Tigers Bomb Keenan

IN THE OPEN - Saluda sophomore quarterback Noah Bell eyes the end zone in Saluda’s 54-14 win over Keenan Thurs. in Columbia. Bell accounted for five touchdowna, two rushing and three passing. Also pictured is Sam Padgett (#72).  (SHS photo by Dean Roesner)


Tigers Conquer Raiders, 54-14


  After a sluggish  first quarter, Saluda exploded for 30 second quarter points and went on to crush Keenan Thurs., Oct. 12, at Columbia’s Bolden Stadium.
  The Tigers offense that had lacked consistency in the previous two games was clicking on all cylinders and the defense was dominating until the Raiders scored two late fourth quarter touchdowns against the Tiger scrubs.
  Saluda only scored once in the first quarter, and it was on a spectacular catch by sophomore Jay Baker, who turned Noah Bell’s pass into a 48-yard touchdown. Francisco Yepez kicked the first of his seven extra points, and Saluda led 7-0 with 4:15 to go in the quarter. The drive covered 92-yards in only four plays. Bell got the drive going with a 40-yard run on first down.
  Little used running back Jeremiah Stevens had a 31-yard run to key Saluda’s next score. Stevens started in place of Kentavius Burton, who was moved to defense to replace Raquon Hartley, who missed the game after suffering a concussion last week.
  Stevens’ run to the Raider seven, set the stage for Baker to score on the next play out of the Wildcat. Yepez made with 14-0 with 8:57 to go in the fist half.
  The Tiger defense forced a punt after the kickoff and Baker returned it 21-yards to the Keenan 30. Bell threw 27-yards to Caleb McDaniel on first down, then ran three yards for the score on the next play. Yepez’ kick upped Saluda’s lead to 21-0, and there were still 6:31 left in the quarter.
  Yepez’ kick-off to the end zone forced Keenan to start from the 20, and the Tiger defense allowed the Raiders to gain only one yard on three downs. A 19-yard punt gave Saluda the ball at the Raider 40.
  On second down, Bell broke up the middle then cut to his right and scored on a 37-yard run. The score stood at 28-0 after the PAT with 4:57 to go.
  Another four and out by Keenan put the Tigers at their 37 after the punt. On the third play of the drive, Bell connected with Dallan Wright on a 32-yard pass to the Raider 11.
  On second down, Baker ran for what one referee ruled as a touchdown, but after all the referees conferred, it was determined Bell fumbled before he crossed the goal line, and the Raiders got the ball at the one.
  That break for Keenan proved to be a bad one.
  On first down, the Raider back was tackled in the end zone for a safety, giving Saluda a 30-0 lead with 46.1 to go in the half.
  Keenan’s safety kick-off from the 20 was returned 30-yards by Saluda’s CJ Bosket to the Keenan 20-yard. With 20 seconds to go in the half, Bell thew to Madison Williams for a 19-yard pass. It was the freshman’s first touchdown of his career. Yepez kick gave Saluda a 37-0 half time lead.
  Burton returned the opening kick-off of the second half, and a 15-yard penalty was tacked on against the Raiders, giving Saluda the ball at the Raider 38. Bell and O’Syruis Springs teamed up on the two straight passes, the last one resulting in a 22-yard score. Yepez made it 44-0 with 11:00 to go in the third quarter. Sophomore Bell’s day ended with this opening series of the half.
  Williams moved from receiver to quarterback on Saluda’s next possession, and he led the Tigers to the Raider 17-yard-line where Yepez came in to kick a 36-yard field goal at the 4:54 mark.
  With 8:46 to go in the game, Williams threw  to sophomore Zaye Bryant, who found a seam up the middle and sprinted for a 33-yard scoring passing. Yepez kicked his tenth point of the night to make it 54-0.
  Against the Tiger reserves, the Raiders got a 12-yard touchdown pass from Alajuwan Robinson to Shaquille O’Neal (that’s correct, only he’s 5-8, 145 lbs.), and a 68-yard punt return with 1:41 to go by Vernon Razor. Robinson threw to Tyski Livingston for the two-point play to complete the scoring.
  The Tigers had their most balanced offensive game of the year, rushing for 220 and passing for 258. Bell passed for 227 yards and led the team in rushing with 85.
  Of the 54 points scored in the game, 30 were scored by sophomores, 16 by juniors and six by a freshman. So far this season, only 12 of Saluda’s 256 points have been scored by seniors.
  The Tigers (7-1) return home for the last two games of the regular season, as they seek to repeat as region champions.
  Friday, C.A. Johnson comes to town in the annual Homecoming game. The 1997 SHS football team will also be recognized on the 20th anivesary of their region championship.
  The Hornets (1-7) fell to 37-0 to Eau Claire last Friday.
  Kick-off is at 7:30.

NOTE: C.A. Johnson forfeited Friday's game to Saluda after several players were suspended following a fight in Friday's game with Eau Claire. Saluda High's Homecoming festivities will be held at the halftime of Thursday's Jayvee game with Strom Thurmond. The game will start at approximately 7 p.m.


WKA Knights pictured, Left to Right, #1 Junior Bryan Doolittle, #12 Jackson Parrish, #72 River Guy, #55 Reagan Pugh, #23 Quinten Miller, and #9 Truman Caughman


Parrish Leads King To 52-32 Region Win


By: Gerald Doolittle
  Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. -Last week the W.W. King Academy Knights of Coach Zach Matthews celebrated their second straight victory with a 52-32 win over the Newberry Academy Eagles.
  This victory was sparked by the career high performance of Jackson Parrish. He accumulated 440 all- purpose yards in the game.  He rushed the ball 18 times for 283 yards with touchdown runs of 21, 90, 4 and 28 yards.  He also added three two-point conversion runs giving him 30 points scored in the game. 
  Parrish also had two kickoff returns for a total of 60 yards, one pass reception for 22 yards and he completed 7 of 13 passes for another 75 yards.  One of his pass completions was a 35 yard touchdown to Truman Caughman.  Caughman also had two receptions for two-point conversions.  For the game Caughman had five receptions for 74 yards.
  Bryan Doolittle had a good game rushing the ball six times for 46 yards that included a 24 yard touchdown run and had one reception for 20 yards.   He also completed 2 of 2 passes for 50 yards including a 28 yard touchdown to Caughman.
  Parrish and Garrett Doolittle led the Knights defense with 16 tackles each.  Parrish also had a quarterback sack and a forced fumble.   Doolittle also had an interception return for 20 yards.
  Reagan Pugh tallied 9 tackles followed by Carter Welsh and Bryan Doolittle with 7 each.  Doolittle also had a sack.  Sam Mitchell added 6 tackles and a forced fumble.   Isaiah Brock and Joe Sauls had fumble recoveries.
  Matthew Cole and Wes Huffstetler were the offensive stars for Newberry Academy.  Cole completed 10 of 19 passes for 229 yards.  Huffstetler was on the receiving end 9 times for 216 yards for three touchdowns.
  On Thursday night the Junior Knights upped their season record to 5-2 with a convincing 42-0 win over Newberry Academy.
  Wesley Doolittle led the offense rushing for 113 yards on five carries scoring two touchdowns on 49 and 59 yards.  Clayton Turner rushed nine times for 48 yards and a touchdown.  Collin Woodward had a 7 yard touchdown run and John Roy added a 15 yard touchdown run and an interception return of 52 yards for a touchdown.
  This week the varsity will travel to Laurens Academy to battle the Crusaders in another region game.   The Junior Knights on Thursday will travel to Northside Christian.