Ninety Six Sreak Ends

MAKING THE STOP - Saluda’s Bubba Rpbinson tackles a  Ninety Six running back Friday in Saluda’s 38-7 win over to the Wildcats. Also  pictured are Leason Horne (40), Demond Johnson (26), and Titus Bosket (28). (Photo by Trey Fingerlin)

 The Ninety Six Streak Ends!

  Prior to Friday night at the Wilson-Campbell Stadium, the last time Saluda beat Ninety Six Bill Clinton was President and Jonathan Ergle was the Tiger quarterback.
  Eighteen years later, with Hillary Clinton running for President and Jonathan Ergle being a longtime Tiger assistant coach, Saluda brought the streak to an end!
  And, with the 38-7 shellacking of the Wildcats, the Tigers spoiled the Homecoming of an arch-rival for the second week in a row.
  The game began well for the Tigers. Ninety Six received the opening kick-off and on the first play of the game, Saluda’s CJ Bosket intercepted the Wildcat pass and returned it to the Wildcat 10.
  Malik Bosket carried three straight times, scoring from the one. Dylan Strickland’s kick gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 10:32 to go in the first quarter.
  Later in the quarter, the Wildcats put together their best drive of the night, moving from their 23 to the Saluda nine, where a fumble was recovered by the Tigers at the five.
  Then came the bizarre second quarter, where more yellow ribbons were thrown against the Tigers than were tied around the old oak tree.
  Freshman Noah Bell may the first Saluda High quarterback in history to throw three long touchdown passes in the same series!
  With Bell in the game, Brooks was flanked as a receiver and Bell hit him for a 58-yard touchdown pass. The score was called back.
  Two plays later, Bell connected with Brooks again  on the same play and the senior scampered in for the score from 65-yards out. Once again, the flag flew and the score was erased.
  The flag was downfield, so Saluda got the ball at the Ninety Six 45. On second down at the 43, Bell connected with O’Syruis Springs for the score. Before celebrating, Tiger fans checked the field for cloth. This one stood up. Strickland gave the Tigers a 14-0 lead with 8:22 to go in the first half.
  The Wildcat return man was tackled at the  Ninety Six one on the kick-off after bobbling the catch. On fourth down, the Wildcats punted from the four and Saluda got the ball at the Wildcat 25.
  On first down, Saluda was flagged for holding, believe it or not. The drive stalled at the 21 and, after a five-yard-penalty was walked off against the Wildcats,  Strickland came in an kicked a 34-yard field goal, giving Saluda a 17-0 lead with 5:12 remaining.
  Ninety Six punted on the next possession and Saluda got the ball at the Tiger 36. Ashton Hallman was inserted as Saluda’s third quarterback and  orchestrated the jet sweep. Ny’Kel Rolland got the ball on the hand-off and lived up to the play’s name, jetting untouched down the sideline for a 64-yard scoring run. Strickland’s kick gave Saluda a 24-0 lead with 3:07 to go in the half.
  The Tigers weren’t done .... but neither were the refs.
  With time running out and the ball at the Ninety Six 35, the Tigers called a trick play. Hallman, lined up  as wide receiver, took a lateral pass from Bell and threw a perfect strike to Raquam Hartley for the touchdown, but we all know how that one turned out.
  The flag was for an illegal forward pass, and Saluda took a 24-0 lead into the locker room. During the second quarter Saluda was penalized six times for 60 yards, and had three scores called  back.
  The third quarter was uneventful until 1:23 remained when Saluda’s Titus Bosket intercepted a Wildcat pass and rambled 40-yards for the score. Strickland gave Saluda a 31-0 lead.
  The shut-out did not last long. For the second week in a row, the Tigers allowed a kick-off return for a touchdown. B&L’s return was 100-yards last week, and  Ninety Six got a 97-yard return by Kentavious Williams. The kick cut Saluda’s lead to 31-7 with 1:09 left in the third.
  Much to no one’s surprise, Saluda was penalized ten-yards on the kick off return and was forced to start from the 10-yard-line
  On the first play of the fourth quarter, with the ball at the 11, quarterback Tyrell Abney broke a 42-yard run.
  Bell passed 22-yards to Hallman to put the ball at Ninety Six 25. With third down at the 19, Brooks broke into the clear for the score. Francisco Yepez came on the complete the scoring at 38-7 with 9:35 to go in the game.
  It would remain that way, and the Tigers won for the first time since  Saluda beat Ninety Six 26-14 in 1998.
  Abney led the Saluda rushing attack, gaining 65-yards on eight carries. Rolland got 64-yards on one trip. Brooks played sparingly, as he injured his hamstring on one of the touchdowns that was called back. He finished with 34-yards on eight carries.
  Bell has the best game of his young career, completed five of six passes for 116 yards and one score. Starter Abney was three for eight for 24 yards.
  Tigers finished their pre-region schedule, playing five straight arch-rivals Strom Thurmond, Ridge Spring-Monetta, Mid-Carolina, Batesburg-Leesville and Ninety Six, and going 4-1, and earning a ninth place ranking in 2A.
  They begin region play in a brand new league Friday when they host Eau Claire for the first of four straight home games.
  Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.

WKA Senior #62 Ben Buzhardt and Sophomore #24 Wil Parrish Battle for the Knights.

Knights Survive Air
Attack For 48-34 Win

By: Gerald Doolittle

  Batesburg-Leesville, S.C.  Last Friday night the W.W. King Academy Knights were host to the pass happy Coastal Christian Prep Cougars and came away with a hard fought 48-34 victory to up their season record to 5-0.
  It was the second trip the Cougars made to the Knight field in recent weeks.  The first trip was to open the season only to have a bad lightning storm force the game to be played later.  The make-up game was made possible because both schools had the same open date on their schedules.
  The Cougars started the game on their two yard line after the long kickoff by Lane Bedenbaugh.  The Knights defense came out fired up and forced a Cougar punt that only went 23 yards setting up the first Knight drive from the Cougar 31 yard line.
  It took the Knights only four plays to punch in a touchdown.  Truman Caughman took a 17 yard pass from Jackson Parrish for the score.   That was followed by the two point conversion on a Parrish to Hunter DuBose pass to put the Knights up 8-0.
  The Cougars answered that score with a 9 play 84 yard drive.  Their first score came on a 50 yard pass from T.J. Bott to Jonny Bott, followed by the two point conversion on a pass to Ashton Wood to knot the score at 8-8.
  The two teams would score a combined six touchdowns in the second quarter.  The Knights would get touchdowns from Chris Fincher (15 yard pass), Lane Bedenbaugh (63 yard run) and Hunter Dubose (15 yard pass). 
  The Cougars second quarter scores would be on touchdowns from Wood (66 yard pass), Wyatt Baldwin (11 yard run) and Baldwin again (10 yard pass).  The Knights led at the break 30-28.
  Jackson Parrish scored two of the Knights second half touchdowns on runs of 60 and 26 yards.  Bedenbaugh scored the Knights final touchdown on a 54 yard fourth quarter run.   Bott scored the Cougars final touchdown on a 1 yard run in the fourth quarter.
  Reagan Pugh and Wil Parrish led the Knight defense with 13 tackles each.  Ben Buzhardt followed with 12 and Bedenbaugh had 8.   Hunter Black and Fincher followed with 7 each.  Pugh and Black had quarterback sacks.  Bedenbaugh had 2 pass rejections and Jackson Parrish had one rejection.
  This week the Knights will be home to face the Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders for the 2016 Homecoming game. All Knight fans are urged to come out to help spark the team on to another win.