Play-off Win

SWARMING- Saluda’s defense gangs up on a Central ball carrier during Friday’s thrilling 24-21 win. Pictured are Cade Gentry (19), Demond Johnson (26), Bubba Robinson (3), Raquon Hartley (6), Chrishon Quattlebaum (23), Ashton Parkman (34), Kalijiha Brown (71) and Cole Gentry at the botton of the pile. (SHS photo by Dean Roesner)

Saluda Wins Thriller, 24-21

  The Saluda Tigers did not take the lead until 3:38 remained in the game, and held on to take a 24-21 heart stopping win over Central of Pageland, Fri., Nov. 3, at the Bettis Herlong Stadium at Matthews Field in the first round of the 2-A playoffs.
  Tiger Coach Stewart Young said Central was best Number 4 seed he had ever seen, and it did not take long for fans to witness what he was talking about.
  Behind outstanding quarterback Quan Chambers, the Eagles took the opening kick-off of the game and drove 73-yards in 12 plays for the score. Twice in the drive the Eagles faced third and long, and Chambers got first downs on runs of 16 and 24 yards, respectively.
  Ty Miller scored the game’s first touchdown on a one-yard-run. Carlos Pineda’s kick gave Central a 7-0 lead with 5:32 remaining in the opening period.
  The Tigers only had the ball for three plays in the first quarter, but made them count. After an errant snap, a five-yard penalty and an incompleted pass, Saluda faced third and 28. Sophomore quarterback Noah Bell passed to Raquon Hartley on the sideline and the junior out ran the defense for a 55-yard touchdown play. Francisco Yepez kicked extra point and the game was tied at 7-7 with 4:17 to go in the quarter.
  After Yepez kick-off, the Eagles began another long scoring drive, this one covering 79-yards in 12 plays. On the first play of the second quarter, Miller scored his second one-yard touchdown of the game. Pineda’s kick made it 14-7 with 11:56 to go in the first half.
  It appeared the Tigers would have to match Central score for score to have a chance of winning, and they came through on their next possession.
  Junior running back Jeremiah Stevens, who had only carried the ball 20 times on the season coming into the game, was the surprise star of the game. On the Tigers’ 66-yard drive after the kick-off, Stevens rushed for 38-yards on four carries, and scored his first touchdown of the season on a one-yard run.
  The big play was a fourth and five run by Bell from the six-yard-line. Bell got the necessary yardage for the first to set up Stevens score on the next play. Yepez tied the score at 14, but 6:09 still remained for the Eagles to score again ... and they did.
  Yepez kick-off went out of bounds and Central got the ball at the 35. The Eagles drove to the Saluda 28, where they faced fourth and three, and here came Chambers again.
  This time, Chambers went to the air and passed 28-yards to Curt Chapman for the touchdown. Pineda gave Central at 21-14 lead with 1:44 to go in the half.
  The Tigers were unable to mount a threat after the kick-off and were forced to punt. The Eagle ran out the clock on the first play.
  The only thing that stopped Central in the first half was the clock. It was a different story in the second half, as the Tigers held the Eagles scoreless.
  Saluda received the opening kick-off of the second half and drove to the Eagle 13, where Bell was sacked for a seven-yard loss on third down. Yepez came on to kick a 37-yard field goal and the Tigers cut the lead to 21-17 with 8:51 to go in the third quarter.
  The two teams traded punts on their next two possessions, then the game’s biggest play came in the fourth quarter on another fourth down.
  With the ball at their 49 on fourth and six, the Eagles elected to fake a punt, but the Tigers would have nothing of that, tackling Chapman for no gain.
  Bell ran twice for nine yards from the 49, then turned the rest of the drive over to Stevens. Successive runs of ten, 13 and 14 yards put the ball at the four, and Stevens scored on the next play. Yepez kick made it 24-21 with 3:38 to go in the game.
  The last 3:38 had some bizarre plays and was very nerve racking for the Tiger fans.
  On a fourth down play, a Tiger defender deflected the ball right into the hands of a Eagle receiver for a 20-yard gain and a first down.
  After Chambers was sacked for a 14-yard loss and a five-yard penalty assessed, Chambers threw the ball up and it was deflected off the hands of one Eagle into the hands of another.
  The play covered 13-yards. On fourth down, the scrambling expert Chambers was tackled one-yard short of the first down and the Tigers took over at their own 27, and ran out the clock on the next play.
  Stevens paced the Tiger offense, rushing 11 times for 90 yards. Bell completed nine of 13 passes for 119 yards. The Tigers played without leading receiver and scorer Jay Baker, who injured his ankle the week before.
  In winning their tenth game, the Tigers join the 2015 and 2016 teams to become the first Saluda teams in school history to win ten or more games for three straight seasons. Saluda has compiled a 32-6 record during that time.
  Friday the Tigers play host to old rival Ninety Six in the second round of the play-offs.
 The Tigers defeated Ninety Six 42-23 on the fifth game of the seasoin, but the Wildcats rushed for 385 yards in the game, including 229-yards by quarterback Kentavius Williams.
  It was in that game that Bell set the school single game passing record with 337 yards and Baker tied the school receiving yardage record with 172 yards.
  Judging from the first game, the second one should be entertaining.
  Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.

Holly Trees Planted at Hollywood

  Hollywood Elementary School held a special ceremony on Wednesday, November 1, to celebrate the academics and history of the school.
Last school year the second grade classes, led my Mrs. Jessica Dorn, Mrs. Kim Shealy, and Mrs. Courtney Thompson, completed a community study that focused on the history of Hollywood.  
  The name Hollywood was given to the school because of the many holly trees that were on the land where the school was built. Through the years, and the addition and removal of buildings on the property, the beautiful holly trees had to be cut down or removed.  The ceremony on November 1 was a celebration of planting those trees back on the premises.
  Thanks to Hollywood Alumni, funds were provided to purchase two beautiful new holly trees as well as spruce up the area between the main building and gymnasium.
  Several alumni were present for the ceremony including Mr. John Harmon, Hollywood’s oldest living alumni. Mr. Harmon was joined by his daughter, Mrs. Brenda Eidson, who retired from Hollywood this past school year. Mr. Harmon dug the hole to replant the trees.  Students from the classes helped by filling the dirt back in to complete the planting process.
  Hollywood students and staff are very excited to have holly trees back on our school grounds where they belong. We would like to say thank you again to our Hollywood alumni for their generous donation. We would also like to thank our alumni who joined us for the ceremony; our students and teachers for their hard work on the community study; Cade Forrest for sharing his memories of last school year and the study; Mrs. Tonia Hudson for singing the Hollywood Alma Mater; and Mr. Scott Collins for helping us get the trees planted.