Knights Keep Sword

Pictured top to bottom are Garrett Doolittle, Coach Devin Bedenbaugh, Bryan Doolittle, Carter Welsh, Grady Williamson, Truman Caughman, Head Coach Zach Matthews, Coach Dennis Gibson, Reagan Pugh, River Guy, Tyler List, WKA Statistician Gerald Doolittle, Dylan Matthews, Isaiah Brock, Quinten Miller, Jackson Parrish, Travis Long, Joe Sauls, and Sam Mitchell.

Knights Clinch Playoff Bid With 64-44 Victory

By: Gerald Doolittle

  Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. -Last week the W.W. King Academy Knights of Coach Zach Matthews traveled to Laurens to face the Laurens Academy Crusaders in the annual ‘Battle of the Sword’ game.
  The Knights had to survive a massive air-attack by the Crusaders to come home with a 64-44 win that will send the Knights to the playoffs with either a #3 or #2 seed.   They will be home to face the Richard Winn Academy Eagles this week, where a win would give the Knights a second- place region finish.  A loss would leave the Knights in third place for the regular season.
  With the win over Laurens Academy, the Knights now have a three game win streak that ups their overall record to 4-6.
  For the first time this season, the Knights had to play serious pass defense.  The Crusaders quarterback, Thomas Lowry, completed 30 of 49 passes for 316 yards for 4 touchdowns.  The Knight defenders snatched two of those completed passes from the receivers for good returns to set up W.W. King touchdowns.
  Those two big plays came late in the first quarter with the score tied at 8-8.  The first was made by Sam Mitchell who returned the ball 35 yards to the Crusader 30- yard line.   Four plays later Truman Caughman was on the receiving end of a Jackson Parrish pass for the touchdown.  Parrish added the two point conversion run to up the score to 16-8 with 2:37 left in the quarter.
  Parrish came up with his steal with less than a minute left in the quarter, when Lowry was throwing long to Joshua Moore.  Parrish snatched the ball from Moore at the one- foot line and raced 98 yards to the Laurens two-yard line.   On third down, Bryan Doolittle would make the run to pay dirt as time ran out.  Parrish then added the two- point conversion to up the score to 24-8.
  The Knights would turn the passing attack on Laurens in the second quarter as Parrish completed touchdown passes of 62, 53 and 10 yards.  Caughman was on the receiving end for 62 and 10 yards.   Sam Mitchell would score on the 53 yarder.  Parrish scored on two of the conversions and Mitchell ran in the conversion after his touchdown.  The Knights would enter the break with a 48-22 lead.
  Isaiah Brock provided the offense in the second half with touchdown runs of 56 and 59 yards.  For the game, Brock had a career night rushing for 171 yards on 15 carries.   For the game, the Knights rushed for 265 yards on 40 carries.  Parrish and Doolittle scored the second half conversions.
  Joshua Moore of Laurens had 13 receptions for 195 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Lowry rushed for the other two Crusader touchdowns.
  Caughman, for the Knights, countered with 4 receptions for 102 yards and three touchdowns.  Mitchell had 124 all- purpose yards in the game.  He had 36 rushing, 35 returns and 53 on the touchdown reception.   Parrish had 28 yards rushing, 117 yards on returns and 155 passing yards.
  The Knights pass defense, in addition to the strips, had five knock downs.  Carter Welsh had two and Brock, Joe Sauls and Reagan Pugh had one each.  Brock also had two quarterback drops and Parrish and Pugh had one each.
  This week the Knights will battle at home against the 6-3 Richard Winn Eagles.  A win would give the Knights a second- place finish for the playoffs and a first round home game.
  All Knight fans are urged to come out in force to fire the team to victory on Senior night.

Tigers Johnson Makes North-South

  Saluda High senior linebacker Demond Johnson fhas been named to the 2017 North-South All-Star team.

MAKING THE STOP -  For the first time ever, Saluda High School’s homecoming game was a Junior Varsity contest. In the above photo, Tiger defenders put a stop on a Strom Thurmond running back. Tigers pictured are Jacob McCary (41), Prodigy Rauch (2), T.J. Fallaw (15), Simeon Abney (58) and Kadius Coleman (74). (photo by Trey Fingerlin)

SHS HOMECOMING QUEEN -  Atiya Hill, center, sponsoring Miciah Wallace, was crowned Saluda High Homecoming Queen at the halftime of the Saluda-Strom Thurmond Junior Varsity game Thurs., Oct. 19. Mya Brooks, left, sponsoring Kelijiha Brown was first runner-up, and Yesenia Portes, right, sponsorinng Daquain Brunson was second runner-up. The crowning as held Thursday, after Homecoming game opponent C.A. Johnson forfeited Friday’s game to the Tigers. (SHS photo by Dean Roesner.)