Tidbits - August 29 2019

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TIDBITS by RALPH SHEALY



ONE FOR THE AGES

  Saluda’s 22-21, last second win over Strom Thurmond Saturday morning will long be remembered as one of the Tigers’ greatest wins ever.
  It will probably create a “Woodstock Effect.” Fifty years ago, 500,000 attended the music festival, but 5 million say they were there.
  There were hundreds at the Rebel Field Saturday morning for the one quarter conclusion of the game that began Friday night, but they’ll probably be thousands who will claim there were there in the years ahead.
  What the Tigers did was remarkable. They moved 73 yards in just a few seconds against one of the best defenses in the state.
  With the ball at the 33, with 1.2 seconds to go, Noah Berry threw a touchdown pass to Dallan Wright. Then, he threw or Jervon Whitt for the two-point play and the win. They literally “snatched victory from the joys of defeat.”
  Now, the ending sparked some controversy from the Thurmond side of the field.
  Some claim Wright did not catch the ball setting up the game-winning touchdown.
  From the Saluda side of the field, there was no question that he caught it. I’m not saying our side was biased. I’m saying he was close to the home side when he made the catch, and we could see it better.
  Earlier, in the quarter, when Wright returned the kick-off, and a facemask penalty was called near the Thurmond sideline. The Rebel fans booed, but the Saluda fans clearly saw Wright’s facemask grabbed.
  Some Rebels said the clock expired before Bell threw the
touchdown. I was watching the clock and the snap, and he got it off. Even if the clock says zero when the center snap is in the air, the game play does not stop until the play is over.
  In essence, if Saluda doesn’t commit seven turnovers, the Tigers win by a couple of touchdowns. All three of Thurmond’s scores were set up by Saluda turnovers. They had scoring drives of 44 and 14 yards, and a pick six. The Rebels only had seven first downs.
  Congratulations, to Coach Stewart Young, his staff and players.
  They proved the Yogisim, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
  Ironically, the win came on the one year anniversary of Fulton Winn’s miraculous touchdown catch against Ridge Spring-Monetta. The  television story about the autistic Saluda player catching a touchdown pass went all over the country.
  As far as I know, this was the first time Saluda has started a game on Friday night, and concluded it on Saturday morning.
  Here’s another one for the record books. Friday night, the Tigers wore white pants. Saturday morning, they came out in black pants.
  So, Dallan Wright is the first player in Saluda history to score one touchdown wearing white pants, and one touchdown wearing black pants in the same game, and Noah Bell threw touchdown passes wearing white and black!!!

JESSIE ROLLINGS

  I was saddened by the passing of Jessie Rollings last week.
  I have known her for most of my life.
  We used to print the Saluda Presbyterian Church bulletins, and for many years she gathered the information.
  Every Thursday, when she came into the office we’d talk about Gamecock sports, or find something else to laugh about.
  She had a great personality and loved to laugh.
  He late husband, Dr. Bob Rollings, was one of the founders of Persimmon Hill, but he wasn’t the champion golfer in the family, she was!
  Look at the Ladies’ Club Champion plaque in the clubhouse and you’ll see her name listed 12 times!
  She and Dr. Bob were among those close group of neighbors at Persimmon Hill. All of he children in the neighborhood called Marty and Joann Keeler, Uncle Marty and Aunt Joann.
 When I came to work for the Keelers in 1976, I was included on many of those neighborhood gatherings and got to watch all the kids grow up.
  I also stopped by the Rollings great tailgate spot, just outside Williams-Brice, on occasion. They always welcomed all they knew or didn’t know.
  Dr. Rollings died on Christmas Day, and now the couple is back to where they belong, together.
  Jessie Rollings was one of my favorite people, and all who knew her will miss her.