2020 Season Ends with Win

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BELL RETIRES - Earlier last week former Saluda head coach and longtime assistant Wayne Bell announced he was retiring from coaching  after the Ninety Six game. The players doused the coach with water after the Saluda win and gathered around him. Bell has coached for 30 years and has been on the staff of  six state championship teams, five at Union and one at Saluda. He and his wife Denise have watched all three of their sons, Austin, Ty and Noah play football for the Tigers. (Standard-Sentinel photo)

Tigers End With Win

  Saluda’s COVID-shortened season came to an end at Ninety Six Fri., Nov. 6, with a 26-13 win over the pesky Wildcats.
  The Tigers stopped Ninety Six on the opening possession of the game. After the Wildcat punt, Saluda put together a 62-yard scoring drive, with most of the work being done by junior running back Montrevious Baker. Baker carried seven times on the march, and scored the touchdown on a three yard run. Sam Espinoza missed the extra point, and Saluda led 6-0 with 6:47 to go i the first quarter.
  Saluda’s second score came at the end of a 17-play, 87-yard drive. The key play on the drive was a 29-yard pass from quarterback Jonah McCary to wide receiver Jedarious Stevens on fourth down at the Ninety Six 37-yard line. On second and goal from the five, Tyleke Mathis scored on a five yard run. The run for two failed, and Saluda led 12-0 with 2:34 to go in the half.
  After the kick-off, the Wildcats mounted a good drive, but it ended when Tyler Steele missed a 37-yard field goal with 11.1 seconds to go.
  Saluda received the second half kick-off and overcame a holding penalty, followed by an unsportsmanlike flag, that took the Tigers from inside the ten-yard-line to the Wildcat 37. On first down, McCary threw ten yards to Mathis, then on fourth down at the 27, McCary threw a touchdown pass to Darius Cleveland. Espinoza’s kick gave the Tigers a 19-0 lead with 6:53 to go in the third quarter.
  It took Ninety Six 30 seconds to get on the board. After the kick-off put the ball at 25, the Wildcat’s Michael Cato broke loose on a 65-yard run to the Saluda 10 on first down. On second down at the seven, Briant Witherspoon scored on a run. Steele’s kick cut Saluda’s lead to 19-7.
  The Tigers responded after the kick-off with a 62-yard scoring drive. The touchdown came on an 11-yard run by Mathis. Espinoza’s kick completed Saluda scoring at 26 with 3:05 to go in the quarter.
 Ninety Six would get on the scoreboard again with 3:01 to go in the game. The touchdown came on a pass form Payne Davis to Matthew Deal . The pass for two failed.
  After recovering the onside kick-off attempt, the Tigers were able to run out the clock.
  The Tigers got good rushing games from Baker, 100 yards on 22 attempts, and sophomore Mathis, seven carries for 92 yards. Sophomore quarterback McCary passed for 111 yards and rushed for 35.
  The Tigers finished the year with a 3-3 record, extending the streak to six straight seasons without a losing record.
  While the Tigers will not make a play-off appearance for the first time since 2015, fans can take heart that practically the entire team returns, many for two more seasons.
  For the defending state champs, the future looks bright .... again.


  For the second time in five weeks, the Standard-Sentinel has moved.
  The new location is spot in the old Saluda Shirt Plant building at 300 Greenwood Highway.
  Like in our previous temporary location,  the new location will be for inserting and mailing the newspaper only. There will be no phone, fax or internet service.
  Jackie Kidd and Ralph Shealy will continue to do the newspaper work from their respective homes. A drop box for news, ads and renewals will be set up at the Shirt Plant soon.
  Please email information to sentinel@saludasc. com, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to Saluda Standard-Sentinel, P.O. 668, Saluda, SC 29138.
  To contact by phone, call 864 445-8631.
  We would like to thank Angie and Randy Rita, Dibbie Shealy, Morgan Jones and Jason Donlon for their major help with move Saturday.

756 County COVID
Cases, 21 Deaths

  Saluda County’s COVID-19  cases have risen to 756 (726 actual, 30 probable), with 21 deaths.
  The county is classified as moderate incidence with a rate of 156.3 per 100,000.  Last week, the figure was 87.9  cases per 100,000 with a moderate incidence rating.
  Counties neighboring Saluda had the following case totals: Aiken - 4835  Edgefield - 966;  Greenwood -2546 Lexington - 9074; Newberry - 1649.
  Sun., Nov. 8,  the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 953 new confirmed cases and 105 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, 15 additional confirmed deaths and 1 new probable death.
  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 173,186, probable cases to 9,686, confirmed deaths to 3,748, and 257 probable deaths.