Tigers Crush Shamrocks

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GREAT CATCH! - Saluda junior receiver Tyleke Mathis made a spectacular catch of this touchdown pass thrown by Jonah McCary in Friday’s 43-0 win over Eau Claire. Mathis also scored on an interception return and a kick-off return. (SHS photo by Dean Roesner)

Tigers Stomp Shamrocks, 43-0

  Saluda held Eau Claire to minus-22 yards in offense en route to a 43-0 Homecoming win at the Bettis Herlong Stadium at Matthews Field Fri., Oct. 1.
  It was another of those clock running games for the Tigers. The referees began running the clock continuously in the second quarter.
  Fans were happy to see the clock run, because the official 12-minute first quarter lasted 45 minutes.
  The game got off to a comical start, when Eau Claire’s kicker all but missed the ball on the opening kick-off and the ball went sideways. Saluda began the game at the Shamrock 37-yard-line.
  It took three plays for the Tigers to score on an eight-yard run by Montrevious Baker. Following a holding penalty against the Tigers on a successful two-point conversion, Sam Espinoza missed his first PAT kick of the year
and the Tigers led 6-0 with 11:13 to go in the first quarter.
  The Shamrocks’ first possession in the game ended in a high snap on the punt to the end zone, resulting in a Saluda safety, and an 8-0 lead.
  In a few seconds, the lead was increased to 16-0 when Tyleke Mathis hauled in the Eau Claire safety kick-off at the Saluda 40 and returned it all the way for the touchdown. Jonah McCary threw to Zion Wright for the two-pont play.
  Saluda increased the score to 23-0, after a five-play, 68-yard drive. Baker got his second touchdown of the night on a one yard run. Espinoza kicked the PAT.
  Mathis fumbled following a reception late in the first quarter, but made up for it three plays later, when he intercepted a Shamrock pass and returned it 34-yards for the touchdown. A bad snap foiled the extra point attempt, and Saluda led 29-0.
  In the second quarter, the Shamrocks moved to the Saluda 47 on their next possession, but went backwards on the next two plays, and a bad snap on fourth down resulted in Saluda getting the ball at the Eau Claire 21.
  On the second play, the Tigers reached into their bag of tricks, and came up with a receiver option pass from Jabari Baker to his brother Montrevious for a 21-yard scoring play. Espinoza made it 36-0 with 8:41 to go in the first half.
  Saluda’s final score in the game came at the 4:49 mark in the first half, when McCary threw at 22-yard scoring pass to Mathis. Espinoza made it 43-0.
  From that point, the game was turned over to the Tiger reserves for the rest of the way. Saluda did threaten in the fourth quarter, but the scoring shot ended with a fumble.
  Despite the final score, this game was not a big offensive yardage producer for the Tigers. Saluda finished with 85-yards rushing and 118 passing, and only earned nine first downs.
  The Shamrocks were held to two first downs, minus 42 yards rushing, and 20-yards passing.
  The Tigers, 4-1, continue with their region schedule, when they travel to Newberry to take on the  Bulldogs, a 34-0 winner over Columbia last  Thursday.
  Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

SHS HOMECOMING QUEEN  - Daniela Flores, center, sponsored by Jamarion Mathis, was crowned Saluda High’s Homecoming Queen at halftime of the Saluda-Eau Claire game. Trinity Daniels, left, sponsoring Jabari Baker, was second runner-up, and Perla Flores, right, sponsoring William Cleveland, was first runner-up. (SHS photo by Dean Roesner)