Tigers Begt Pelion

BIG PLAY - Saluda defensive back O’Syrius Springs came up with a big interception in the fourth quarter of Saluda’s 31-14 win at Pelion. Springs returned the interception 90-yards for a touchdown, but it was called back due to a penalty. The Tigers were able to run out the clock. (Photo by Trey Fingerlin)


Tigers Pounce On Panthers

 Winless Pelion gave the Saluda Tigers all they wanted Fri., Sept. 7, at the Panther Field, but the Tigers were able to come away with a 31-14 win.
  Pelion entered the game having scored just 26 points in their first three games, which is nine points less that Saluda scored against Mid-Carolina last week in the first quarter, but stunned the Saluda faithful by keeping the game close in the first half.
  The Tigers received the opening kick-off, and began a nice march, but the drive stalled and Francisco Yepez came in and kicked a 37-yard field goal, giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead with 6:59 to go in the first quarter.
  As time was running out in the quarter, quarterback Noah Bell hit Zaye Bryant for a 64-yard touchdown pass. In the first two games,  Bryant caught two passes for four yards. In the last two he has caught two for 136 and two scores. Yepez upped the lead to 10-0 with 51.2 seconds to go in the first quarter and it look like the rout was on, but someone forgot to tell Pelion.
  Yepez’ kick-off went into the end zone. Beginning at their own 20, the Panthers stunned the Tigers by moving for the score in  seven plays. The touchdown came on a 16-yard pass. The PAT made the score 10-7 with 10:09 remaining in the first half.
  Pelion threatened again on its next possession, moving to the Saluda 32, before a fourth down pass lost yardage.
  After taking over, the Tigers moved 65-yards in 11 plays. The touchdown came with just 17.6 seconds to go in the half on a five-yard pass from Bell to Raquon Hartley. It was Hartley’s first reception of the year. Yepez’ kick gave Saluda a 17-7 halftime lead.
  Midway in the third quarter, the Tigers scored 14 points in a matter of 13 seconds. Bell threw 43-yards to Madison Williams for a touchdown with 5:36 to go it the period. Yepez upped the lead to 24-7.
  On the first play after the kick-off, Pelion quarterback Pryce Whitten’s pass was picked off by Saluda defensive back Cade Gentry and returned 40-yards for the score. Yepez, again, was good on the kick, and Saluda led 31-7 with 5:25 to go.
  Any thought Tiger fans had of relaxing were smashed when Pelion got on the board less than a minute later. Whitten threw 54-yards to Andrew Boozer and Chris Goodyear blimped the kick and it was 31-14 with 4:30 to go in the third quarter.
  Saluda’s defense thwarted the Panthers with two big interceptions in the fourth quarter. Dallan Wright hauled in one early in the fourth quarter at the Saluda 14.
  The next one came late in the game, and resulted in a 90-yard return for a score by O’Syrius Springs. Unfortunately, the Tigers were flagged for the tenth time in the game, and the score was called back. Saluda took a knee to run out the clock after the walk-off.
  The game featured several Saluda comebacks.
  Leading rusher Jeremiah Stevens left the game with an injury in the first quarter. That resulted in the return of running back Kendarius Graham, who had not carried the ball since he suffered a season-ending injury in the second game last year. Graham finished with 26-yards on seven carries.
  Hartley was the Tigers’ second leading returning receiver from last year, but missed the first two games recovering from a broken leg occurring in basketball season. His first catch of 2018 was a touchdown.
  Finally, Saluda fans saw a rushing game from quarterback Bell that had  been absent in the first three contests. Bell was Saluda’s leading rusher last year with over 500-yards, and scoring 17 touchdowns. He entered the game with a whopping total of seven yards rushing in the first three games, and one score. Against Pelion, Bell had several drive maintaining runs, and finished with  53-yards on nine carries.
  The Tigers, 3-1, finished the game with 107-yards rushing and 192 passing, but 0-4 Pelion, the third 3-A team the Tigers have played, finished with 131 rushing and 158 passing.
  The Tigers killed themselves with penalties, getting ten for 100 yards.  It was the second game in a row the Tigers have flagged ten times.
  Saluda has this Friday off, but will face quite a challenge next week when the pre-region season concludes and Southside Christian comes to town.
  SC has a deceptive 2-2 record. They fell 28-27 to 3-A Woodruff, and last Friday they gave No. 1 Abbeville fits before falling 43-28.
  Kickoff will be a 7:30.

38 School Districts Receive Funding
for New School Resource Officers

  Columbia, SC – Thirty-eight South Carolina school districts, including Saluda School District One, will be awarded funding to hire new school resource officers as part of a two million dollar proviso passed by the General Assembly in this year’s budget.
  ”There is no issue more important than the safety and well being of our students and teachers. I appreciate the support of the General Assembly in recognizing this and taking a step in the right direction by funding new officers in those districts that have not been able to afford them. We still have a ways to go in meeting our goal for a trained law enforcement officer in every school by 2020 and I remain committing to ensuring this goal becomes a reality,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman.
  Proviso 1.105 appropriated $2,000,000 for the purpose of hiring certified law enforcement officers to serve as a school resource officer for school districts that otherwise would lack the adequate resources to hire their own school resource officers.
  In making determinations, the South Carolina Department of Education was directed to use the most recent index of taxpaying ability as the district’s indicator of ability to pay, with districts of the lowest index of taxpaying ability receiving priority consideration.
  Funding will go directly to the local law enforcement agency to pay for the cost of a full-time school resource officer. Funds cannot be used to supplant existing resources. Over sixty school districts applied for the funding with thirty-eight selected based upon the criteria set forth by the General Assembly in the proviso.