Silver Bluff Falls 55-0

DEFENSE - Saluda’s defense held Silver Bluff to just four first downs and 64 yards in total offense in Friday’s 55-0 Homecoming win. Pictured are Chrishon Quattlebaum #4, Naim Butler #25, Darius Cleveland #14 and Cade Gentry #19. (Photo by Trey Fingerlin)

Tigers Blast Bulldogs, 55-0

  Saluda’s Homecoming game-region opener was a huge success, as the Tigers blasted Silver Bluff 55-0 Fri., Oct. 4, at the Bettis Herlong Stadium at Matthews Field.
  It was a record breaking night for Saluda senior quarterback Noah Bell. Bell set school records for most passing yards in a game - 386, most passes completed - 25, and longest touchdown pass - 90 yards.
  On their first possession of the night, the Tigers drove 44-yards in seven plays for the game’s first score. Montrevious Baker scored on a one yard run. Adrian Vasquez’ kick gave Saluda a 7-0 lead with 7:07 to go in the first.
  On their next possession, the 69-yard drive ended with a six-yard pass from Bell to  Jervon Whitt. Vasquez missed the kick and the Tigers led 13-0 with 3:75 to go in the opening period.
  Saluda’s next possession began in the first quarter, and ended on the second play of the second quarter with a five-yard run by Bell. The drive covered 67-yards and took eight plays. Vasquez upped the score the 20-0 with 11:46 to go in the half.
  The Bulldogs earned their first down on their next possession, but eventually stalled.
  On fourth down, Silver Bluff punter Oscar Lopez got off an outstanding 54-yard punt that allegedly pinned Saluda down at the ten-yard-line, but on first down Bell found Dallan Wright over the middle and the senior speedster did the rest to complete the school record 90-yard touchdown pass. Vasquez was true on the kick and the Tigers led 27-0 with 6:23 to go in the half.
  A good kickoff return gave Silver Bluff good field position, but the Bulldogs could not generate any offense, and Lopez punted from the Saluda 49. This kick travelled 44-yards and was downed at the Saluda five-yard-line.
  Instead of going the distance in one play, the Tigers mixed the run and pass to go 95-yards in ten plays. Bell scored the touchdown on a 13-yard run. Vasquez completed with first had scoring at 34-0 with his kick.
  Saluda began the second half by going three and out and punting for the only time in the game.
  But, that was temporary.
  Jevarious Stevens’ interception set up Saluda’s next score. His return gave Tigers the ball at their own 27. The eight-play, 73-yard drive ended with Bell’s 34-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Jabari Baker. Vasquez kick was good and Saluda led 41-0 with 6:42 left in the third quarter.
  Silver Bluff punted on their next possession and Saluda took over at the 23. The 77-yards were covered in six plays, with the touchdown coming on a 23-yard pass from Bell to Whitt. Once again, Vasquez made the kick, upping the score to 48-0.
  Saluda’s final score was set-up by an interception by senior Cade Gentry, who returned the ball to the Silver Bluff 40. It took nine plays, all on the ground, for the Tigers to score. The touchdown came on a four-yard run by senior Krishon Mathis, the first of his career. The scoring ended at 55-0 after Vasquez’s kick.
  The referees kept the clock running in the fourth quarter.
  It was a complete effort for the Tiger team. The offense rushed for 171 yards to go with the 386 passing for a total of 557 yards. The defense held Silver Bluff to 55-yards rushing and only nine passing. Two of the Bulldogs four first downs came in the fourth quarter.
  The win upped the Tiger record to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the region.
  Old rival Ninety Six comes to town Friday. The Wildcats fell to Fox Creek 17-7 last Friday and are 2-3 on the year.
  Kick off for the Hall of Fame Induction game with be 7:30.


HOMECOMING QUEEN - Paty Leyva, center,  was crowned Saluda High School’s Homecoming Queen Fri., Oct. 4, at the halftime of the Saluda-Silver Bluff game.Ms. Leyva sponsored Adrian Vasquez. First runner-up was Keve Norris,ledft, sponsoring Dallan Wright, and second runner-up was Nadya Watson, right, sponsoring  Trey Bryant. (SHS photo by Dean Roesner)