Tidbits - September 13 2018

TIDBITS by RALPH SHEALY



NOT HOW I SAW IT

  None of these games, Saluda-Pelion, Carolina-Georgia, nor Clemson-Texas A&M went I as thought they would.
  I guess the Saluda at Pelion game should have prepared me for the other two.
  I’m sure most Saluda fans are like me. I expected the Tigers to score 50 to 60 points on Pelion, and put the Panthers away early.
  Why? Pelion, a 3-A school, lost to 1-A Wagener-Salley in the season’s opener 22-0. In fact, the Panthers had scored only 26 points in the first three games. Saluda, you remember, scored 35 points in the FIRST QUARTER against Mid-Carolina!
  It was going to be one of those lay your helmet on the field and win games. Wrong! Somebody forgot to tell Pelion.
  When it got to be 10-7 in the second quarter, I began to realize this game was not going to be easy.
  The 17-7 halftime score was expanded to a breathing room 31-7, but Pelion came back to make it 31-14.
  Saluda’s defense came through in the second half stopping Pelion threats with three interception, one for a score.
  The Tigers have been so successful the previous three years, when you beat an underdog 31-14, you almost feel like you lost!
  But they didn’t lose. The Tigers are good enough to overcome four or five dropped passes, an interception and ten penalties.
  They can not play that way against a very good Southside Christian team in two weeks, but they will be up for the Sabres, I’m sure.
  Carolina is not good enough to overcome an interception, six dropped passes and a shanked punt against Georgia.
  I really thought the Gamecocks were going to win this game. I based this on 50 years of Gamecock-Bulldog history I’ve witnessed.
  Far less talented Carolina teams have given highly ranked Georgia teams fits through the years.
  I thought if the Gamecocks could do something early, they’d get the crowd in it.
  They did. Bentley threw a pick-six (not his fault, but he gets credit) on the opening series, and the crowd that got in it was Georgia’s.
  The Gamecocks still made the first half respectable, trailing only 17-10 with 52 seconds to go in the first half.
  The punter came in and shanked his kick. Instead of being inside the 20, Georgia got the ball in excellent field position and drove down the field and kicked a field goal to make the halftime score 20-10.
  All the momentum swung to Georgia, and the Bulldogs  scored 21 points in the third quarter to complete the romp.
  The 2018 Gamecocks broke that long tradition of playing well against Georgia at home. All fans are disappointed in the effort.
  Let’s not forget, however, in 2012 Carolina beat Georgia 35-7 at Williams-Brice. The Gamecocks finished 11-2 that year. Who won the SEC East? That would be “35-7” Georgia.
  The season did not end for Georgia in 2012, and it will not end for the Gamecocks with the Bulldog’s loss this year.
  I did not expect the Clemson -Texas A&M game to be close, but it turned out to be one of the best games of the day.
  A&M was 7-6 last year, fired their coach, paid Jimbo Fisher $75 million to take his place, but was not supposed to be very good this year.
  I  got this from a reliable source, my late college roommate’s brother, Laddie Gresham, a professor at A&M. but a graduate of Carolina..
  At Mickey’s funeral, we talked about A&M football. He said the Aggies were not going to be very good, and he was glad they got Jimbo, but Jimbo couldn’t play.
  He might not can play, but he sure can coach. Former A&M coach Kevin Sumlin does not know Clemson. Jimbo had played Dabo eight times going into the game, winning four. He knows the Tigers well.
  Like Carolina-Georgia, a shanked punt figured into the final score of the game. Time was running out in the game, when Clemson’s punter shanked the kick, and A&M took advantage and drove in for the touchdown. The Aggies did not make the two point play and Clemson held on for the two point win.
  I was discouraged by the outcome, because Carolina has to play A&M, too, but it will be at home.
  Maybe, A&M is this year’s Syracuse for the Tigers. Remember, Clemson lost to the 4-8 Orange last year in the Carrier Dome, except Clemson won against the Aggies.
  It could be clear sailing from here on out for the Tigers.
  And, what about A&M quarterback Kellen Mond who threw for 430 yards against the Tigers?
  While Sumlin was coach, after Johnny football left, an Aggie quarterback would start off great and then disappear off the face of the earth. We’ll see if Jimbo can keep Mond on his game for a full season. We, Gamecocks, hope not!

AMAZING

  Ancestry.com is amazing.
  I’ve been doing family tree research for the last few months. I’ve been a member of the site for a long time, but have never filled in a family tree, figuring that would be a lot of typing.
  I had a long line of the Shealys and Herlongs, and my mother had a number of her ancestors listed in the family Bible.
  Once I started typing the names, many of the descendants started showing up all by themselves (with a little clicking help)!
  There is one branch we don’t know anything about, and that is my grandmother Elizabeth Killings-worth’s father, Robert Baker.
  We had always been told he came over to America from Germany when he was about 12-years-old with a family friend and the rest of his family was going to follow later. They never did.
  So, that’s all we knew, until last week when I found my great-grandfather’s citizenship naturalization paper.
  All our lives we were told he was German. He wasn’t. He was born in Pogir, Russia, which is now Lithuania.
  He was not 12. He was 16 when he landed in Boston. He was 23 when he became a U.S. citizen in a courthouse in Moncks Corner, SC.
  That’s still not a lot, but is it more than we have ever known!

FOR THE KIDS

  So many were saddened by the sudden passing of Melissa Riddle Douglas last week.
  Melissa was the data clerk at Hollywood Elementary, and from what I’ve heard, every child, teacher and administrator at the school loved her and she loved all of them. The many tributes to her on Facebook bear that out.
  I did not know Melissa well, but she was a Facebook friend. I have known her father, Paul Riddle, a long time. He’s a regular advertiser on the classified page of this newspaper of his Riddle’s Pecan Country Store near The Circle, and a former deputy coroner of the county.
  Melissa was Paul and his wife Elaine’s only child.
  My deepest sympathy to the Riddles, and Melissa’s husband David and daughter Kaitlyn.
  Ironically, the Melissa of my generation, Barbara Palmer, also passed away recently.
  Barbara retired from the district office, but when I was in high school, she was the secretary, the first person you saw when you entered the office.
  Like Melissa, Barbara Palmer was loved by every student, teacher and administrator. She knew every student by name.
  Like Melissa, she made a lasting impact.
  My sympathy to David, Janet, Holly and families.