King to State

Pictured Top to Bottom: coach Daniel Dorn, Will Parrish, Hunter Black, Grady Williamson, Coach Michael Kinard,Hunter DuBose, Coach Dennis Gibson, River Guy, Head Coach Zach Matthews, Jackson Parrish, Ben Buzhardt, Truman Caughman, Chris Fincher, Lane Bedenbaugh, Coach Devin Bedenbaugh, Bryan Doolittle, Travis Long, Reagan Pugh, Joe Sauls, Quinten Miller, and Tyler List.

King Knights Advance
To Finals With 14-8 Win

By: Gerald Doolittle
- Specia Writer

      Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. -The W.W. King Academy Knights fought off a fired up Patrick Henry Patriot team to earn a 14-8 semi-final win in the SCISA Division Two 8-Man playoffs Friday night to up their season record to 10-0.  The Knights hope to bring home another title.  They finished the 2013 season with a 13-1 record to claim the title.       
  Next week the Knights will journey to Wilson Hall in Sumter to face the undefeated Andrew Jackson Confederates (11-0) at 7:30 pm for the State Championship.   The Confederates won their semi-final game 76-0 over Richard Winn Academy.          “This has been an incredible journey,” said Coach Zach Matthews. “This band of warriors have put in weeks of dedicated hard work to reach this point.  They have stayed focused all season at the task before them.  The big news is that we stayed healthy all season.  The past two seasons were nightmares with major injuries that caused us to forfeit half of the 2015 season.  This coming week we will work on keeping the team focused to stay on our game plan and hope for another State Title.”       
  The Knights started the game with a 55 yard drive on 10 plays for the games first score at the 7:29 mark of the first quarter.   Quarterback Jackson Parrish (Jr.) scored from 10 yards out.   The two point conversion pass fell incomplete to leave the score 6-0, Knights.       
  The Patriots first drive of the game was wrecked by a quarterback sack for an 11 yard loss. On the ninth play, they fumbled the ball away at the Patriot 47 yard line that was recovered by Lane Bedenbaugh (Sr.).       
  It only took the Knights five plays to punch the ball in for their second and final score of the game.  Parrish again scored with a 19 yard burst to the end zone.   Chris Fincher caught the two point conversion pass to put the Knights up 14-0 with 3:16 left in the first half.       
  The Knights had an 83 yard, 10 play drive to stall out at the Patrick Henry 1 yard line in the third quarter.   The Patriots then started a clock eating 99 yard touchdown drive.  Mitchell Hanna (Sr.) ended the 19 play drive with a 23 yard pass reception from quarterback Alex Jones (Sr.).  Gill Griner (Sr.) then scored the two point conversion on a pass reception to cut the score to 14-8, with 4:34 left in the game.       
  On their final possession, the Knights ran the clock out picking up four first downs to keep the ball away from the Patriots.  The Knights took a knee at the Patriot 2 yard line to end the game.         
  Bedenbaugh led the Knights rushing attack with 92 yards on 22 carries.The Patriots did an outstanding job holding Bedenbaugh from any long break away scores.       
  Parrish rushed the ball 10 times for 57 yards and two touchdowns.   Fincher rushed 11 times for 48 yards. Parrish completed 5 of 8 passes for 80 yards.  Hunter DuBose (Sr.) had 4 receptions for 67 yards.       
  The Patriots had five players to rush the ball in the game.   Batten Bostick (Jr.) rushed for 78 yards on 17 touches, followed by Hanna with 69 yards on 15 carries.  Tyler Morehead (Sr.), Gill Griner (Sr.) and Jones followed with 19, 16 and 5 yards.         
  Fincher led the Knight defense with 15 primary and 6 assisted tackles that included a quarterback sack and a forced fumble.  Hunter Black (Sr.) followed with 10 primary and 7 assisted tackles that included a quarterback sack.  Bedenbaugh recorded 10 primary and 8 assisted tackles that included a fumble recovery.       
  Jackson Parrish, Wil Parrish and Reagan Pugh all had good defensive nights with 7, 5 and 5 tackles.  Wil Parrish had a fumble recovery.  Ben Buzhardt also had a fumble recovery for the Knights. 


Saluda Tigers
Host Landrum

  The Saluda Tigers will host Landrum in the opening round of the 2-A playoffs Fri., Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
  Fans are reminded that season tickets are not valid for playoff games.



FARM-CITY SPEAKER -  Gary Gilmore, left, coach of the Coastal Carolina University national championship winning baseball team was the featured speaker at the Saluda County Farm-City banquet Nov. 10. He was introduced by Saluda High baseball coach Nathan Horton, right. (Standard-Sentinel photo)