Tigers Fall to Sabres

GAINER - Keenan Brooks led Saluda in receiving with eigth catches in the 30-17 loss to Southside Christian Friday. (SHS photo by Dean Roesner)

Tigers Stabbed By Sabres, 30-17

  In battle of two of 2-A’s top ten teams, Southside Christian defeated Saluda 30-17 Fri., Sept. 21, at the Bettis Herlong Stadium at Matthews Field.
  With narrow losses to powers Woodruff and Abbeville, the Simpsonville school came in boasting of  six Division 1 prospects on the squad. It would take a near perfect game by the Tigers to claim a win.
  It didn’t happen. The Tigers had four turnovers and other errors, while the Sabres did not make many mistakes.
  It didn’t take long for the script to be written. On the second play of the game Saluda quarterback Noah Bell’s pass was intercepted and SC got the ball at the Saluda 45.
  The Tiger defense put up a good stand, forcing at 24-yard field goal by Charlie Paciocco with 6:33 to go in the first quarter.
  On their third possession of the night, the Tigers offense got something going. Aided by 40-yards in penalties against the Sabres, the scoring drive covered 85-yards in eight plays.
  The touchdown came on a nine-yard pass from Bell to Madison Williams. Francisco Yepez’ kick gave the Tigers a 7-3 lead with time about to expire in the period.
  The tide of the game may have turned on Saluda’s first possession of the second quarter. A good drive had Saluda with a first and goal at the Sabre seven-yard-line, looking at going up 14-3, but on first down Bell was sacked for a ten-yard loss.
  Saluda could only get back to the 11 on the next two tries, and Yepez came on to kick a 27-yard field goal, giving the Tigers a 10-3 lead.
  It didn’t take long to find out why a 14-3 lead is better than a 10-3.  On Southside Christian’s third play after the kick-off outstanding tailback Mallory Pinkney, 6-0, 210, broke into the clear for a 51-yard touchdown run. Paciocco tied the game at 10-10 with 6:34 to go in the first half.
 The Tiger “foot shooting” continued on the kick-off. Paciocco blasted all of his kick-offs into the end zone, except one. Unfortunately, that one came after the Sabre score.
  In attempt to pick up the ball at the three-yard-line, Williams allowed his knee to touch and the Tigers were forced to start a drive from there.
  Saluda was only able to move five-yards, and Yepez’ 40-yard punt put the ball at the Saluda 49. From that spot, the Sabres drove in for the score in six plays. Pinkney scored from the five and Paciocco’s kick gave SC at 17-10 lead with 2:42 to go in the half.
  The Tigers were not content to let the first half score end that way. After the kick-off to the end zone, the Tigers, behind the passing of Bell, got as close as the Sabre 19-yard-line before Bell’s pass to the end zone was intercepted.
  The half ended with Southside Christian up 17-10.
  Neither team was able to score in the third quarter. Saluda, who had 14 first downs in the first half, got none in the third quarter.
  Southside Christian’s kicking game haunted the Tigers again as time was running out in the period. Paciocco punt was downed at the Saluda two-yard line.
  Saluda moved to the seven, where Yepez got off a 25-yard punt to the Saluda 32-yard-line.
  On the first play of the fourth quarter, Pinkney scored his third TD on the night on a one-yard-run. A bad snapped forced Paciocco to miss the PAT and Southside led 23-10 with 11:56 to go in the game.
  The end zone kick-off and an unsportsmanlike penalty during the drive against Saluda, set up the Sabres next score. Yepez punt from the 19, gave the Sabres the  ball at their own 42. On third down at the 49, SC’s other tailback Anthony McFadden broke free for a 51-yard touchdown run. Paciocco’s kick made the score 30-10 with 9:50 to go in the game.
  The Tigers did not quit. Starting at the 20, Saluda moved 80-yards in seven plays. The big plays in the drive were a 39-yard pass from Bell to Dallan Wright, and a 28-yard run by tailback Jeremiah Stevens to the Sabre one.
  The Tigers almost continued the “foot shooting” when Bell and Stevens misconnected on the pitch on first and goal. The Tigers recovered the fumble but the play lost six yards. On second down,  Bell threw to Wright from the touchdown. Yepez cut the lead to 30-17 with 7:50 to go in the game.
  Saluda’s last two possessions of the game ended with Bell throwing interceptions.
  Saluda finished with 246 yards in offense, while the defense gave up 383, but 102 of those came on two runs.
  The four interceptions and the Sabre kicking game proved to be the difference in the game.
  Saluda ends the pre-region with a 3-2 record. Three of the opponents, Strom Thurmond, Ridge Spring-Monetta and Southside Christian were ranked in their respective classes Top Tens.
  The region season begin Friday when the Tigers travel to Silver Bluff, a new conference foe. The Bulldogs are 3-1, the only loss coming 21-14 to Barnwell. Silver Bluff defeated Swansea 33-30 last Friday.

  Kick-off is at 7:30.

12th Annual Saluda County
Cup Golf Tournament

  The Saluda County Cup was hosted by the Saluda Lions Club at Persimmon Hill Golf Club on 12 Sep 2018.  The tournament was strongly attended by midlands golfers and well managed by the Persimmon Hill Golf Club. Proceeds from this tournament will be used in support of local and state charities.

Open Class Winner– Team Tyler Coker - From left: Brad Dorn, Tyler Coker, Matt Moore, Jay Jordan, Tyler Coker is the nephew of deceased Saluda County Council Chair Don Hancock, a founder of the Saluda County Cup

Handicap Class Winner – Team Forrest Haltiwanger - From Left: Steve Owens, Johnny Willis, Forrest Haltiwanger, Meredith Havird.