Tigers Beat Trojans 41-6

RECORD  BREAKER - Saluda quarterback Noah Bell set the score record for touchdown passes when threw for six scores in Friday’s 41-6 win over Ridge Spring-Monetta. All of Bell’s touchdowns came in the first half. (Photo by Trey Fingerlin)


 Bell Rings Up Record

  Noah Bell’s school record six touchdown passes propelled Saluda to a 41-6 win over local rival Ridge Spring-Monetta Fri., Aug. 30, at the Bettis Herlong Stadium at Mathews Field.
  Bell, who shared the old record of five TDs with Ryan Nichols, threw all his scoring passes in the first half.
  RSM received the opening kickoff, but was unable to earn a first down. The Tigers took over at the Trojan 46 after a 21-yard punt.
  On first down, Bell hit Dallan Wright for a 15-yard gain, and on the next play he hit Jervon Whitt for a 31-yard touchdown pass with 9:26 to go in the first quarter. The Tigers tried the same play they converted against Thurmond last week for the first two-point play. This time it didn’t work, and Saluda led 6-0.
  After the kick-off the Trojans had one of their best drive of the night, but it died at the Saluda 32 with a incomplete pass on fourth down.
  From the 32, Bell passed his way down the field on the 68-yard march, completing eight passes. The touchdown came on a seven-yard pass to Chrishon Quattlebaum. Adrian Vasquez kicked the PAT, and Saluda led 13-0 with 4:29 to go in the opening period.
 After the two teams exchanged punts, the Trojans tried a fake punt on their next possession at their own 16, and  it backfired big time.
  Taking over at the 16, Saluda called its first running play of the evening, and the result was a seven yard gain by Bell to the nine. Bell then hit Montrevious Baker for eights yard to the one.
  Did the Tigers try to run it in from the one? No. Bell hit Wright with a scoring pass. Vasquez’ kick gave Saluda a 20-0 lead with 55.2 seconds to go in the quarter.
After the kick-off the Trojans drove to the Saluda 27, where they had a touchdown called back due to a penalty. The threat died at the Saluda 32 on a fourth down incompletion.
  Later, Saluda’s 39-yard drive ended with a nine-yard pass from Bell to Whitt. Vasquez was good again on the kick and Saluda led 27-0 with 4:56 to go in the half.
  After the kickoff, the Trojans gambled on fourth and short at their own 40. The Tigers stuffed the run and took over.
  On second down, Bell hit Wright for a 35-yard scoring pass with 3:10 on the clock. Vasquez made the score 34-0.
  RSM’s fourth down troubles continued on their next possession. With fourth and long at their own 15, the Trojans’ minus three-yard punt was fielded by Quattlebaum and run to the one.
  Bell was sacked for a 13-yard loss on first down, but on third and goal at the 14, he hit Wright for a touchdown with 1:04 to go in the half. Vasquez’ kick made the halftime score 41-0.
  The referees kept the clock running in the second half, and Bell and most of the starting skilled people only played the first possession of the third quarter.
  The Trojans got on the scoreboard with 9:30 to go in the game. A 33-yard pass from quarterback Remeedee Leaphart to Kenyon Ligons set up Collier Sullivan’s 27-yard touchdown. The pass for two failed, and the final score stood at 41-6.
  Bell completed 20 for 29 passes for 228 yards, and the six scores. Wright caught six passes for 98 and three touchdowns.
  The big question last week was “How do you turn the ball over seven times and still win the game?” This week’s question was, “How do you score 41 points and end up with minus 9-yards rushing?”
  RSM’s defense sacked Saluda’s two quarterbacks five times for minus 30 yards, and a 17-yard loss on a high snap put the Tiger rushing attack in a big hole.
  After playing 3-A’s fifth ranked team Strom Thurmond, and 1-A’s seventh ranked team RSM, the Tigers get to play an unranked team, Mid-Carolina, Friday in Prosperity.
 The 3-A Rebels, 1-1, lost 35-20 to 5-A Chapin last Friday.
 Kick-off, hurricane permitting, with be at 7:30.

Saluda County Schools
Welcomes Students Back

  On Monday, August 19th Saluda County Schools welcomed back 2400 students for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
  Over the summer, the district completed technology and facility upgrade projects.  Our teachers participated in professional learning throughout the summer to gain new teaching strategies to better serve their students. The district is entering its third year of focus on the social and emotional development of its students and staff.
  To continue this initiative, on Wednesday, August 15th the district hosted Jen Thompson from Lighthouse of Life and Angie Rita from Darkness to Light. Ms. Thompson provided training on the signs of human trafficking and provided staff with resources to protect our students. Mrs. Rita focused her presentation on the signs of abuse and also provided resources to the staff. The district has partnered with Lighthouse for Life to provide ongoing training to our staff and students.
  The start of the school year also saw new school leadership in the district. The Saluda High School administrative team is now led by principal Mr. Robert Etheredge with Mrs. Christy Roberts as  assistant principal for instruction and Mr. Jamie Shealy as assistant principal. At Saluda Middle School, Mr. Donald Hardie continues to serve as principal and Mrs. Kendra Williams joining the team as assistant principal. Mrs. Marcie Enlow and Mrs. Holly Brazell continue to serve as principal and assistant principal at Saluda Elementary School. At Saluda Primary School, Mrs. Tammie Shore now serves as principal and Mrs. Sarah Deloach serves as assistant principal. At Hollywood Elementary School, Mrs. Jennifer Thomas now serves as principal and Mrs. Shawnda Brunson serves as assistant principal. Mr. James Crawford continues to serve as Director of Saluda Adult Education/Opportunity Academy.
  In reference to facilities, the district installed a new fire alarm system at Hollywood Elementary School and completed a major renovation project at Saluda Elementary School over the summer months. Through funds provided by the South Carolina General Assembly and South Carolina Department of Education, new classroom windows, HVAC units, and lighting were installed at Saluda Elementary School. In addition, student restrooms were also upgraded.
 The district continues to work with the Saluda County Sheriff’s Department to provide School Resource Officers at our schools. Deputies Chris Crouch, Lee Morris, Leslie Pinckney, and Dean Bowen will serve our students this school year. The district is fortunate to have a solid working relationship with both the Saluda County Sheriff’s Department and Saluda Police Department to protect our students. The district will also continue to upgrade its security measures at each school. The district was awarded a security grant from the South Carolina Department of Education to enhance safety, and these projects will be starting in the next few weeks.
  The teachers and staff members of Saluda County Schools look forward to a successful 2019-2020 school year.