Tigers Win 55-22

BEST GAME - Montrevious Baker #22 had the best game of his career against Buford Fri., rushing for 196 yards. Also pictured are Paul Bowers #54, Chase Cockrell #72, David Warren #55, and Kade Ellison #62. (Photo by Trey Fingerlin)

Tigers Advance, 55-22

  After Buford had cut the third  quarter lead to 28-22, Saluda’s defense came through with four turnovers the rest of the way, propelling the Tigers to a 55-22 second round play-off  win Fri., Nov. 14, in Lancaster
  Played in a steady rain, the game featured outstanding offensive performances by both teams, and a flag-fest against Saluda that saw the Tigers penalized an unheard of 17 times for 158 yards, resulting in two touchdowns called back. Buford only had four penalties for 30-yards.
  The Tigers’ defense came through early when sophomore Darius Cleveland intercepted a pass on the Yellow Jackets’ second play of the game.
  On first down, Saluda’s offense pulled out a surprise, lining up star receiver Dallan Wright at running back. The ploy worked. Wright took a pitch from quarterback Noah Bell and scampered 28-yards for the game’s first score. Adrian Vasquez’ kick gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 10:43 to go in the first quarter.
  Like last year’s play-off game at Buford, the first quarter was a “tennis” match, with both team’s “holding serve.”
  The Yellow Jackets responded with a 47-yard scoring drive. The PAT tied the game at 7-7 with 6:36 to go in the opener.
  All but one of  Buford kick-offs sailed into the end zone, so Saluda had several 80-yards scoring drives.
  The first one ended when Bell found Jervon Whitt for a 33-yard scoring pass with 5:12 left. Vasquez made it 14-7.
  It took Buford one play to close the gap. Diminutive running back Tyler Vespe was a thorn in the Tigers side all night, and on first down after the kick-off he scored on a 66-yard run. The Tigers’ Tyleke Mathis blocked the kick, making the score 14-13 with 4:40 left.
  Montrevious Baker triggered Saluda’s response. On the 80-yard drive, he caught a 25-yard pass, then scored on a 47-yard run three plays later. Vasquez kick at 3:34 completed the first quarter scoring.
  Buford’s next scoring drive began in the first quarter and ended with 10:23 to go in the first half with a 26-yard field goal by outstanding kicker Carter Smith, making the score 21-16.
  The Tigers were three plays and punt on their next possession.
  After the TJ Fallaw punt, the Yellow Jackets drove all the way to the Saluda four, where the Tigers came up with a sack that put the ball at the eight. On the next play, Saluda defensive lineman Naim Butler intercepted a tipped pass and returned it to the Saluda 40.
  The Dallan Wright running back experiment worked the first try, and on his second  carry, he broke 60-yards for the score. Vasquez kick made the score 28-16, and that’s how the first half ended.
  The Tigers received the second half kick-off, but were forced to punt, mainly because of 20-yards in penalties. A 64-yard touchdown pass from Bell to Keenan Brooks was called back.
  It took Buford six plays to make the score 28-22 with 7:54 to go in the third quarter. The pass for two failed.
  Baker returned the kick-off to the 38. The Tiger moved to 15, where a penalty set them back to the 20. A run by  Wright lost four yards, and on third and long, Bell ran 24-yards to the five. On fourth and one, Bell scored. The try for two failed and Saluda got some breathing room at 34-22.
  After the kick-off, the Yellow Jackets fumbled on first down and Butler recovered. The ball was returned to the Buford 17-yard-line. This was followed by penalties of five, 10 and 15-yards in succession, one resulted in a touchdown pass form Bell to White called back.  The Tigers were not phased, as on third and mile, Bell connected with Whitt for a 46-yard scoring pass that was not accompanied by a flag. Vasquez kick made the score  41-22 with 5:21 left in the third quarter.
  The Tiger defense came up big again when Simeon Abney recovered a Buford fumble at the Saluda eight-yard-line. The running of Baker, and a 15-yard penalty against Buford moved the ball to the Yellow Jacket 25, where freshman running back Tyleke Mathis ran it in for the score. Vasquez’ kick came with 1:40 to go in the third quarter.
  Saluda’s final touchdown was set up by an interception by senior Cade Gentry, giving the Tigers the ball as their own 46. On first down, Bell connected with Whitt for his third touchdown reception. This one covered 54-yards. Vasquez completed the game’s scoring at 55-22 with 1:13 to go in the third quarter.
  The fourth quarter belonged to the substitutes. The game ended with an interception by Saluda freshman Zion Wright.
  Several Tigers continued  their record breaking performances.
  While Bell holds all school passing records, he hit two milestones in the game, 3000-yards passing and 40 touchdowns. He also  broke his most total offense in a season record, 3332 yards - 3004 passing and 328 rushing. His previous record was set last year, 3252.
  With his three touchdown receptions, Whitt tied his teammate Dallan Wright for the school record for touchdown receptions, 17, and the two upped their record for most touchdown receptions by two receivers to 34.
  Sophomore Baker had by far his greatest rushing game, gaining 196 yards on only 11 carries.
  The Tigers advanced to the third round of the state play-offs for a school record fifth straight time.
  The opponent needs no introduction, Southside Christian.
  The Sabres eliminated the Tigers from the play-offs on a cold, raining night last year, and own a 16-13 win over the Tigers this year.
  Kick-off in Simpsonville is at 7:30.

Commander James Moore. Photo taken by Dean Roesner


Saluda County School District

Host Veteran’s Day Programs

  Saluda County School District hosted Veteran’s Day programs across the district on Monday, November 11, 2019.
  Saluda Elementary School, Saluda Primary School, Hollywood Elementary School, and Saluda High School welcomed Veterans and their family members into their schools to honor and celebrate their service and sacrifice. The programs included student readings, student choral performances, student musical selections, and guest speakers.
  Saluda County School District Board Member, Commander James Moore, delivered the Veteran’s Day address at Saluda High School. Commander Moore honored the Veterans and their family members for their service and challenged the student body to be active citizens in order to protect the freedoms we have.
  Many of the Veterans in attendance noted that they greatly appreciate the schools of Saluda County for continuing to host our annual Veteran’s Day programs.  Saluda County School District would like to thank all of our Veterans and their family members for their service and sacrifice to our Country.