Saluda Beats Pelion 50-7

ON THE WAY - Freshman Tyleke Mathis breaks loose for a 33-yard touchdown run in Saluda’s 50-7 win over Pelion Friday. See details on Page 3. (SHS photo by Dean Roesner)

Tigers Punish Pelion, 50-7

  An outstanding defensive performance propelled Saluda to a 50-7 win over Pelion Fri., Sept. 13, at the Bettis Herlong Stadium at Mathews Field.
  The start of the game was delayed for an hour because of thunderstorms, and the wet conditions may have contributed to the Tigers slow start on offense.
  The defense took up the slack.
 Saluda’s first score come on a blocked punt, recovered in the end zone by Hayden Cherry for the touchdown. Adrian Vasquez’ kick gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 4:34 to go in the first quarter.
  The next score was also set up by a blocked punt. Zaye Bryant scooped up the ball and ran 30-yard for the score. Before he crossed the goal line, however, he turned and showed the ball to his trailing teammates and was flagged for taunting, although there were no Panthers in the area.
  The touchdown was taken off the board, and the Tigers were penalized 15-yards. It didn’t matter. On first down quarterback Noah Bell threw 20- yards to Dallan Wright for the score on the last play of the quarter.  Vasquez kick gave Saluda 14 points to go along with its one first down in the first quarter.
  The punt defense came through again early in the second quarter, when Pelion punter, Chris Goodyear, was tackled in the end zone for a safety, giving he Tigers a 16-0 lead with 10:49 to go in the half.
  Wright returned the safety kick-off to the Saluda 49, and on second and ten, Bell found Jervon Whitt on the fly pattern and he took it 51-yards for the touchdown. Vasquez upped the lead to 23-0 with 10:28 to go.
  A Saluda fumble gave Pelion good field position at the Saluda 43. The threat died with a five yard loss on fourth down, and the Tigers took over at their own 39. On first down, Bell teamed up with Wright for a 61-yard scoring pass. Vasquez was again true on the kick and Saluda led 30-0 with just 1:49 to go in the first half.
  But, the Tiger defense was not through. With 1:13 to go, Tyleke Mathis picked off a Pelion pass and scampered 30-yards for the touchdown. Vasquez completed the first half scoring at 37-0.
  Like in the RSM game two weeks ago, the referees gave the instruction to keep the game clock running continuously in the second half.
  Saluda’s offense was three plays and punt to start the second half. Bell shanked the punt and the Panthers got the ball at the Saluda 35.
  Two pass completions totaling 32-yards, set up quarterback Jacob Osmanksi’s two-yard touchdown run. It was Pelion’s first touchdown of the year. Goodyear kicked the PAT and Saluda’s lead was cut to 37-7 with 3:15 to go in the third quarter.
  Zaye Bryant’s 90-yard kick-off return for the score was called back, and the Tigers were forced to start at their own 20.
  Montrevious Baker ran 30-yards on first down, Bell passed 15-yards to Whitt on the next play. After a 10-yard holding penalty was walked off against the Tigers, Bakers broke for another 30-yard gain. Then, Bell threw 16-yard to Baker’s little brother Jabari for the score. The snap sailed over Vasquez head and Saluda led 43-7 with 10:12 to go in the game.
  Saluda’s final score came at the 2:12 marl, when freshman Mathis broke free for a 33-yard scoring run. Vasquez completed the scoring at 50-7.
  The Tiger defense held Pelion to two first downs, minus 47 yards rushing, and 36-yards passing, for a total offense of minus 11 yards.
  Saluda didn’t have a sparkling offensive show as in the previous two games, but did manage 299-yards in offense. Bell completed ten of 19 passes for 195 yards and four scores. Wright led the receivers with four catches for 86 yards, and M. Baker rushed for 72-yards on six carries.
  The Tigers, 4-0, have this week off.
  In two weeks they’ll travel to Southside Christian in Greenville. The Sabres, who eliminated Saluda from the play-offs last year, dropped a narrow 14-10 decision to top ranked Abbeville Friday.
  Kick-off with be at 7:30.

TEACHERS OF THE YEAR - (Left to right: Sherry Lindsay, Jessica Dorn, Russell Altman, Chanda Jefferson, Chelsea Kizer, and Melissa Ashley)

Saluda County Schools Honors Their
Teachers Of The Year And Retirees

  Saluda County Schools hosted their annual Teacher of the Year/Retiree Recognition Banquet on Tuesday, September, 10. This year’s event featured entertainment by Mr. and Mrs. Joel Wash, of Saluda, and Ms. Chanda Jefferson, 2019 South Carolina State Teacher of the Year, gave the keynote address.
  The District recognized the following retiring staff members for their years of dedication to the students of Saluda County Schools: Melissa Gilliland, Deborah Padgett, Patricia Amick, Janet Rowe, Irene Abney, Becky Greeson, Irene Crump-ton, Mitch Litwer, Pam Conyers, Irma Martinez, Billie Borden, and Peggy Trivelas.
  The District also recognized their Teachers of the Year:  Melissa Ashley, Saluda Primary School, Sherry Lindsay, Saluda Elementary School, Jessica Dorn, Hollywood Elementary School, Russell Altman, Saluda Middle School, and Chelsea Kizer, Saluda High School, were honored for being their respective schools Teacher of the Year. Each received a plaque along with a monetary gift provided by Mr. Jim Fisher of First Citizens Bank. Melissa Ashley was named Saluda County Schools District Teacher of the Year and will now compete for the 2020 South Carolina State Teacher of the Year.