2019 Tiger Pre-season Update

JAMBOREE WIN - Chrishon Quattlebaum, above, scored Saluda’s first touchdown on a six-yard run in the Tigers’ 20-0 win over Emerald Fri., Aug. 16, in the Saluda Jamboree. Also pictured is Chase Cockrell (No. 72). Other Tiger scores came on a two-yard run by Montrevious Baker, and a four-yard pass from Noah Bell to Dallan Wright. Adrian Vasquez kicked two extra points. Baker’s touchdown was set up by a 66-yard interception return by Cade Gentry. Bell completed 11-13 passes for 174 yards. Strom Thurmond won the first half with a 14-6 win over Abbeville. (SHS photo by Dean Roesner)


Tigers Hope To Continue Winning Ways

  In the last four years, the Saluda High football team has won 42 games and made 14 play-off appearances, and fans this season should expect another exciting team.
  Coach Stewart Young’s sixth team will go with a faster offensive pace this season, and will have the quarterback and skilled people to produce plenty of scoring.
  Noah Bell returns for his fourth season as the Tiger starting quarterback, and he already owns all the school passing and total offense records. In his first three seasons he threw for 5847 yards and 62 touchdowns, and rushed for 1187 yards and 26 more scores.
  He’ll have what Young says may be the fastest group of receivers in school history to throw to, led by Dallan Wright who caught 27 passes for 613 yards and six touchdowns last season. Keenan Brooks, who caught 26 passes last year, sprained his ankle in the scrimmage at Union and may miss some games, is another returning starter. Zaye Bryant who only caught 15 passes last season, but scored six touchdowns, Jervon Whitt and Jabari Baker round out the receiving corps.
  Montrevious Baker will be the starting running back. He, too, can fly and has been tough to bring down in the pre-season. Freshman Ty-leke Mathis, senior Cade Gentry, and the biggest surprise, Chrishon Quattlebaum, are the other backs. Quattlebaum didn’t play last year, and Young said he would probably get more snaps at running back if he didn’t start at defensive end.
  The line will feature some inexperienced players, but Young expects them to do a good job in the fast paced offense. Center Kade Ellison got injured in a scraimmage, so David Warren got the start at center in the Jamboree. The guards will include Matt Holmes, Matt Herlong and Alkamus Johnson. Paul Bowers and Chase Cockrell will start at the tackles.
  The defensive front has what Young calls five starters for four positions. Quattlebaum, Herlong, Johnson, Simeon Abney, and Naim Butler are the five. Durael Dobbs will also see action once he recovers from injuries in an automobile accident.
  The linebackers include Jacob McCary, Reagan Cherry and his twin brother Hayden Cherry (transfers from RSM), and Trey Bryant. TJ Fallaw will also see action.
  Cade Gentry returns for his fourth straight year as a starting defensive back. Jovarious Stevens, Montrevious Bell, Darian Cleveland, Wright, Zay Bryant, Mathis and Brooks will all see action  in the secondary.
  The Tigers lost kicking specialist Francisco Yepez to graduation. He handled the punting, place kicking and kicking off, and led the team in scoring.
  Three players will replace him. Bell will handle the punting. Adrian Vasquez will do the placekicking, and Samuel Esperonza will kick-off. Fallaw will be a place-kicking back-up.
  The Tigers who finished 8-5 last season will have the same tough schedule as 2018, but in reverse. Young is quick to point out there are no cupcakes.
  In the preseason, the Tigers face three 3-A teams, Strom Thurmond, Pelion and Mid-Carolina, Ridge Spring-Monetta, ranked 7th in 1-A, and Southside Christian, the team that eliminated Saluda in the play-offs last year, ranked 4th in 2-A.
  Heading up the region slate will be four-time defending state champion Abbeville, who Young says will be as good as ever. Ninety Six, Batesburg-Leesville,Fox Creek and Silver Bluff will be formidable foes, as well.
  The Tigers, ranked 9th in 2-A,  open the season tomorrow night at 3-A’s 5th ranked Strom Thurmond.
  Kick-off is at 7:30.


4-H’er Wins
National Trip

  Cordell Rush , Saluda 4-H member, was named the National Conference Trip Winner.
  He will be traveling to the National 4-H Center near Washington, DC to represent South Carolina. He will get to meet government officials as well as participate in some citizenship opportunities.  Cordell received a $1500.00 scholarship with this honor.
  Cordell joined 4-H at the young age of 5. He started his 4-H career by participating in the summer camps in Saluda and joined the Lucky Charms 4-H club. He has participated in so many of the programs offered such as Kids in the Kitchen, woodworking, shooting sports, robotics, horse club, and dog training and care. Cordell now teaches the 4-H robotics in the schools and for summer programs. He also helps teach the dog training and care classes. Cordell enjoys giving his time back to 4-H by volunteering and teaching the younger generations. Cordell enjoys 4-H because of the hands on learning and opportunities to try new things.