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ONE OF FOUR - Saluda quarterback Tyrell Abney scores one of his four touchdowns in the Tigers’ 49-13 win over Ridge Spring-Monetta Friday. (Photo by Trey Fingerlin)






Tigers Cruise By


Trojans, 49-13







  Quarterback Tyrell Abney scored four touchdowns, leading Saluda to a 49-13 win over rival Ridge Spring-Monetta Fri., Aug 26, at the Bettis Herlong Stadium at Matthews.







  After the first quarter ended in a 7-7 tie, the rest of the game was all Tigers.




  Things did not get off to a good start for Saluda, as the Tigers fumbled twice in the first three minutes of the game.




  Nursing a minor injury, star running back Malik Brooks did not start the game. His replacement Kendarius Graham rushed 29-yards to the RSM 36 on the second play of the contest. Brooks came in on the fourth play and he and Abney missed connected on the hand-off and the Trojans recovered at the 31.




  Two plays later, Saluda temporarily got the ball back. CJ Bosket intercepted Trojan quarterback Tyron Bettis’ pass but fumbled at the RSM 45. The Trojans recovered but were unable to take advantage of the miscue. Kelson Palmer’s punt gave the Tigers the ball at their own 36.




  Behind the running of Abney and Brooks, the Tigers moved in for the first score of the night. The big play in the 74-yard drive was a 26-yard run by Brooks. Abney scored the touchdown on a five-yard run with 4:49 to go in the first quarter. Dylan Strickland’s kick gave Saluda a 7-0 lead.




  The lead was short-lived. After Strickland kick went into the end zone, forcing the Trojans to start at the 20, RSM moved the 45, where Bettis connected with wide receiver Jerry Tyler for a 55-yard score. Brendon Frazier’s kick knotted the score at 7-7 with 2:45 go in the first quarter. The Trojans would not score again until 32 seconds remained in the game.




  RSM kicking game woes and a turnover led to three Saluda second quarter scores.




  On the Trojan’s second possession of the second quarter, a high punt snap gave Saluda the ball at the RSM 18. Abney scored on a first down run. Strickland’s kick gave Saluda a 14-7 lead with 8:00 to go in the half.




  An interception by Tiger linebacker Slayter Waters set-up Saluda’s next score. Waters returned the interception 30-yards to the Trojan 13. On second down at the eight, Abney tallied his third score of the night with 5:29 to go. Strickland made it 21-7.




  The Trojans next possession saw Palmer’s punt being blocked by Saluda’s Malcolm Wiggins. Wiggins followed the ball into the end zone and recovered for the score. Strickland’s kick was true and the Tigers led 28-7 with 2:41 remaining in the half.




  A 35-yard run by Abney to the Trojan 11 put the Tigers in position for another score before halftime, but a holding penalty was followed by an interception thrown by Abney and returned by a Trojan to the Saluda 33.




  RSM received the opening kick-off of the second half and faced a fourth and short at the Trojan 20-yard-line, electing to go for it. The Tigers stopped Bettis about a foot short.




  On first down at the RSM 21, Abney ran it in for his fourth TD of the night. Strickland’s kick gave the Tigers a 35-7 lead with 9:36 to go in the third quarter. Abney and Strickland would be finished for the night after the scores. Brooks did not play at all in the second half.




  RSM gambled again on their next possession and failed again when a fourth down pass fell incomplete at the Trojan 29. Saluda was not able to take advantage, as freshman quarterback Noah Bell’s three straight passes fell incomplete, including one on fourth down.




  Behind Bettis, the Trojans moved to their 48-yard line, but a fumble behind the line was picked by Saluda’s Ny’kel Rolland and run 32-yards for the score. Francisco Yepez came in and kicked the PAT with 5:16 to go in the third quarter, giving the Tigers a 42-7 lead.




  At that point, the referees kept the clock rolling.




  There were only 14 plays in the fourth quarter, but two touchdowns were scored.




  A Trojan fumbled was recovered by Saluda’s Joseph Pou at the RSM 25-yard line. On third down, Bell ran 15-yards for the first touchdown of his career. Yepez increased the lead to 49-7 with 6:17 to go in the game.




  The Tigers got the ball back on yet another Trojan failed attempt on fourth down. With first down at the Trojan 37, the Tigers fumbled and RSM’s Frazier scooped up he ball and ran 60-yards for the score. The run for two failed. Although 32.2 seconds remained when Frazier scored, the conversion attempt turned out to be the last play with the clock running.




  Abney led the rushing for the Tigers with 106 yards on nine carries, while Brooks gained 70-yards on only six attempts. Both averaged over 11-yards per carry. Graham added 41-yards on eight trips.




  Saluda did not need the passing game, and it’s a good thing. Abney completed only one five-yard pass to his teammate, and two passes to the Trojans. Bell was 0-3.




  Bettis led the Trojans, passing for 89-yards.




  The Tigers, 1-1, will be at home again Friday, taking on another old rival Mid-Carolina.




  The Rebels lost a heartbreaker to Chapin Friday, allowing the Eagles to score twice with 2:14 to go in the game and take a 35-32 win.




  Kick-off is at 7:30.




  The Trojans will host Whitmire Friday at 7:30.











Knights Ambush Patriots


With 28-8 Victory






By: Gerald Doolittle







  Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. -Last Friday night the W.W. King Academy Knights of Coach Zach Matthews waited in ambush for the Patrick Henry Patriots marching in from Estill. When the smoke cleared from the battle, the Knights laid claim to a 28-8 win to open the 2016 season.







  The Knights had a good game on both sides of the line. The offense had a balanced attack rushing and passing. The ground attack had 153 yards on 38 attempts and the passing attack had 109 yards with 8 receptions. The defense and special teams forced 3 Patriot fumbles. Ben Buzhardt recovered two of those and Hunter Black had the other recovery. Black also had two quarterback sacks and Wil Parrish got the third sack of the night.




  Lane Bedenbaugh and Jackson Parrish produced much of the offense. Bedenbaugh had touchdown runs of 1, 55 and 5 yards on his way to grind out 103 yards on 18 carries. Parrish rushed for 46 yards on 12 carries. Much of the 46 yards came on his 34 yard romp to pay dirt late in the game. He completed 8 of 12 passes for 109 yards.




  Bedenbaugh added to his offensive totals with 3 receptions for 54 yards. Hunter DuBose had 3 receptions for 49 yards and Chris Fincher had 2 receptions for 6 yards.




  Bedenbaugh also led the defense with 10 tackles. Fincher followed with 8. Jackson and Wil Parrish followed with 6. Reagan Pugh had 5 followed by DuBose, Black and Buzhardt with 4 each.




  This week the Knights will journey to John’s Island to battle with the Charleston Collegiate Sun Devils. Last week the Sun Devils dropped a 64-34 game against St. John’s Christian.