SHS Beats CA Johnson

TOUCHDOWN - Saluda’s sophomore receiver Raquam Hartley hauls in a 23-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Noah Bell in the first quarter of Saluda’s 58-0 Homecoming win over C.A.Johnson Friday. (Photo by Trey Fingerlin)

Tigers Sting Hornets, 58-0

  Malik Brooks scored four touchdowns in the first half, leading Saluda to a 58-0 Homecoming win over C.A. Johnson Fri., Oct. 21.
  So racked by injuries, the C.A. Johnson team had to start their fullback in the offensive line, and proved to be no match for the Tigers. The Green Hornets earned just one first down on the night.
  Saluda received the opening kick-off, and Brooks ran 56-yards for the score on the first offensive play of the game. Unfortunately, the Tigers were flagged for holding and the play came back.
  Brooks’ back-up Kendarious Graham, who had been out with an injury since the Ninety Six game, came in and gained 30-yards on the next play. Unfortunately, the Tigers were flagged for holding again.
  On their third attempt for a first down play, the Tigers went to the air with the old running back tossing the ball back to the quarterback play. Freshman Noah Bell found his senior brother Ty Bell wide open and he ran in for the score. That was the first brother to brother Saluda touchdown pass in modern memory. The play covered 57-yards and Dylan Strickland kicked the PAT at the 10:53 mark in the first quarter.
  The Hornet were three plays and punt after the kick-off and the Tigers took over at the Johnson 40, after the short kick.
  Brooks got the call on four straight runs, and scored the second touchdown of the night on a 13-yard run. Strickland made it 14-0 with 6:24 to go in the first.
  A 13-yard punt by the Hornets on their next possession gave Saluda the ball at the Johnson 33. Bell hit Tyrell Abney for a 10-yard gain on first down, then hit Raquam Hartley for a 23-yard scoring pass on second down. There were still 3:18 let in the quarter when Strickland’s kick made it 21-0.
  The Tiger offense finally stalled on their next possession, but Ashton Hallman’s punt pinned the Hornets down at the own six-yard-line. On first down, a high snap was recovered by the Hornet quarterback in the end zone for a Saluda safety, making the score 23-0 with just 49.5 seconds to first quarter.
  After C.A. Johnson kicked off from the 20, Saluda got the ball at the Hornet 36. Noah Bell gained 18-yards on first down, then Brooks broke 19-yards for the score with 1.2 seconds left. Strickland kick gave Saluda a 30-0 first quarter lead.
  The Hornets gambled and failed on fourth down on the first possession of the second quarter, and Saluda took over at the Green Hornet 37.
  Brooks gained six yards on first down, then bolted 31-yards for the score. The score stood at 37-0 after Strickland’s kick.
  As time was running out in the half, C.A. Johnson gambled on fourth down again and failed. This time the Hornets were at the Saluda 26, set up by a Tiger fumble.
  On first down at their own 26, the Tigers got the ball to Tyrell Abney and he broke 57-yards to the Johnson 19. On third down, Brooks scored his fourth touchdown of the night on a 15-yard run. That would be his last carry of the night. Strickland kick at the 37.2 seconds mark, completed the halftime scoring at 44-0.
  In the third quarter, Johnson’s third failed fourth down gamble gave Saluda the ball at the Hornet 46. Graham gained 17-yards on second down, then Abney covered the final 28-yards to the end zone on the next down. Strickland made it 51-0 with 5:20 to go in the third quarter.
  Behind Graham, the Tigers began another scoring drive late in the quarter. The sophomore gained 55-yards on the march and scored his first touchdown of the season with 11:00 to go in the game. Strickland’s kick completed the scoring at 58-0.
  A Johnson fumble was recovered by Saluda on the second play after the kick off. Taking over at the 38, the Tigers got the ball to Kincaid Mitchell for this first carry of the year, and he gained 18-yards to the C.A. Johnson 21. On second down, Graham ran to the Hornet 10. A fight broke out after the play and both teams headed toward the action.
  The fight was quickly broken up, but the referees huddled near the goal line, then talked to both coaches and called the game with 7:08 left in the fourth quarter. .
  The Tigers raised their record to 7-1, and have had six one-sided wins, but this was the most lopsided. Saluda outgained Johnson 444-53 in total yards, and had 19 first downs to the Hornets one.
  Brooks led the way gaining 132-yards on only ten carries. Graham had his best game of the year, rushing for 97 yards on eight trips, and Abney contributed 77 yards on only three carries.
  Bell completed his first three passes for 90-yards and two touchdowns. The Tigers did not attempt another pass after first quarter.
  The Tigers have averaged over 54 points a game in their first three conference games, but have two competitive teams left on the schedule, Fox Creek and Gray Collegiate.
  Fox Creek won a 35-34 thriller over Keenan last Friday, and the Tigers will take to the road for the first time in league play this Friday to meet the Predators, who are 5-3 overall, and like the Tigers, 3-0 in the league.
  Saluda has never played the Edgefield County School in football.
  Kick-off is at 7:30.


Knights Win the “Battle of the Sword” against Laurens Academy. Pictured top to bottom are Coach Daniel Dorn, Hunter Black, Coach Michael Kinard, Ben Buzhardt, Coach Dennis Gibson, Lane Bedenbaugh, Head Coach Zach Matthews, Chris Fincher, Hunter DuBose, Jackson Parrish, Coach Devin Bedenbaugh, River Guy, Reagan Pugh, Wil Parrish, Joe Sauls, Bryan Doolittle, Truman Caughman, and Grady Williamson.

Knights Carry 8-0 Record
Into Region Title Game

By: Gerald Doolittle

  Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. – This week the W.W. King Academy Knights will journey to Winnsboro to battle with the 7-2 Richard Winn Eagles.  The winner of this game will be the SCISA Region One Division Two Champions for 2016.
  The two teams have had six common opponents where the Knights are 6-0 and the Eagles are 5-1.   Both stand 3-0 against region opponents.  The Knights defeated Wardlaw by 14 points while the Eagles lost to Wardlaw by 31 points.
  This should be a very physical game, as both teams will be fighting for the top seed for Region One.  The other region will have Andrew Jackson (8-0) playing Patrick Henry (5-2) for their title.  The Knights own a 28-8 win over Patrick Henry while the Eagles dropped a 60-22 game to Andrew Jackson during the regular season.
  Last week the Knights tuned up for Richard Winn with a 46-20 victory over Laurens Academy, in the “Battle of the Sword”.  With the win, the Knights gained possession of the Sword, denying the Crusaders a three-peat.  The Knights jumped to a 46-14 halftime lead.  The second half was played with two eight minute quarters with a running clock.
  Lane Bedenbaugh fired the Knight offense with 239 rushing yards on 15 carries.  He had touchdown runs of 62, 13, 42 and 25 yards.  The first touchdown came on the game’s first play from scrimmage.  The third touchdown also came on the first play from scrimmage.
  Quarterback, Jackson Parrish, rushed for 89 yards on 6 carries.  Most of that came on his 60 yard touchdown run in the second quarter.  He also completed 2 of 2 passes for 30 yards.
  Chris Fincher rushed seven times for 40 yards and had one pass reception for 27 yards.  He had a 5 yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
  The Knights defense only allowed Laurens Academy 79 yards rushing and 94 yards passing.  Wil Tindall, the Crusader quarterback, did manage two touchdown passes of 40 and 10 yards to Joshua Moore in the fourth quarter.
  Wil Parrish led the Knight defense with 10 tackles and 2 pass rejections.  Bedenbaugh, Fincher and Ben Buzhardt had 9 tackles each.  Fincher also had a quarterback sack.   Bryan Doolittle and Hunter DuBose each had a pass rejection.
  Last week the W.W. King Middle School team won the SCISA Peach Belt Conference title with a 42-28 win over the Newberry Academy Eagles to finish their season at 5-1 in conference play and 5-3 overall.  
  Tyler List powered the offense with 139 yards rushing on 11 carries for 3 touchdowns.  He also completed 3 of 9 passes for 73 yards, with touchdown passes to Garrett Doolittle (51 yds.) and Trevor Fulmer (16 yds.).  Clayton Turner rushed for 56 yards on 9 carries for 1 touchdown.
  Sam Mitchell led the defense with 14 total tackles, 1 interception and 2 pass rejections.  Quinten Miller added 9 total tackles and 2 quarterback sacks.  Fulmer had 10 total tackles.   List had 6 tackles, a pass rejection and 2 fumble recoveries.  Turner tallied 6 total tackles.
  All Knight fans are urged to make the trip to Winnsboro this week to fire the varsity team to a title clinching victory and send them into the playoffs on a positive note.   Win or lose the Knights will have a first round playoff game at home.