Tigers Crush M-C 49-21

BREAK OUT GAME - Saluda junior receiver Zaye Bryant had one of the best games of his career against Mid-Carolina Friday. He returned the opening kick-off 95 yards for a score, and caught touchdown passes covering 35 and 48 yards. The Tigers won 49-21. (Photo by Trey Fingerlin)

Tigers Rip Rebels, 49-21

  Saluda jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead, then coasted to a 49-21 win over Mid-Carolina at Lon Armstrong Stadium in Prosperity Fri., Sept. 6.
  As in the first two contests, the game featured some break-out performances.
  Zaye Bryant had caught only four passes in the first two games, but caught five for 133 yards and two touchdowns against the Rebels. Montrevious Baker had gained only 19 yards rushing in the first two games, but rushed for 77 yards and three scores against M-C.
    Along with his receiving heroics, Bryant got Saluda off to a good start when he returned the opening kick-off 95-yards for a score. Adam Vasquez kicked the of his seven straight PATs, and the Tigers lead 7-0 with only 13 seconds gone in the game.
  On their second offensive possession of the game, the Tigers drove 54-yards in seven plays to score their second touchdown. Quarterback Noah Bell passed 35-yards to Bryant for the score. Vasquez made it 14-0 with 2:26 left in the quarter.
  A high Mid-Carolina punt snap gave Saluda the ball at the Rebel 15-yard line. On first down, Baker ran the distance for the score. Vasquez upped the score to 21-0 with 6.9 seconds to go in the period.
  In the second quarter, Bell’s 43-yard punt put the Rebels at their own 21. On first down, linebacker Reagan Cherry intercepted Fritz Lewis pass and returned it to the M-C 14-yard line. That was the Tigers’ first take-away of the year.
  On first down, Bell threw 14-yards to Dallan Wright for the score. Vasquez’ kick made the score 28-0 with 8:00 to go in the first half.
  A bad snap on a punt caused the Rebels punter to touch the ground with his knee, and the Tigers took over at the M-C 25. Bell threw 22-yards to Bryant on first down. Baker ran it in from the two on the next play. Vasquez was true on the kick and the Tigers led 35-0 with 5:23 to go in half.
  Saluda had one more prime opportunity to score, but Bell’s pass was picked off near the Rebel ten-yard line as time was running out.
 Despite being down 35-0 at halftime, there was no quit in the 3-A Rebels. Taking the opening kick-off of the second half, Mid-Carolina drove 63-yards on 11 plays. The touchdown came on  a one-yard run. The Rebels were successful on a two-point pass, and Saluda’s lead was cut to 35-8 with 6:18 to go in the quarter.
  Any thoughts of a Rebel comeback were quickly quelled, when the Tigers marched 80-yards after the M-C kick-off found the end zone. The touchdown came on a 42-yard  pass from Bell to Bryant. Vasquez converted the kick and Saluda led 42-8 with 4:27 to go in the third.
  Saluda’s last touchdown came with 2:12 to go in the quarter. The drive covered 50-yards in four plays. A 19-yard pass from Bell to Bryant was called back, but the Tigers weren’t phased. Bell and Bryant connected for 15-yards after the penalty walk-off, then Baker ran it in from nine yards out. Vasquez completed Saluda’s scoring, and the Tigers led 49-8.
  In the fourth quarter, Mid-Carolina’s sophomore back-up quarterback Macon Arnault put up impressive numbers against Saluda’s reserve secondary. He completed four of four passes for 120-yards and two touchdowns. The last score came on the last play of the game, making the final score 49-21.
  Bell had another excellent passing game, completing 13 of 16 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns. He also had one of the best performances by a Saluda punter in years, punting four times for a 44-yard average.
  Saluda’s defense continued it’s good play. Going into the fourth quarter, the Tiger defenders had held the Rebels to four first downs, 11 yards rushing and 80 passing.
  The Tigers, 3-0, will play their third 3-A team of the season when they host Pelion Friday night. The Panthers, 0-3, fell to River Bluff 62-0 last week.
  Kick-off is at 7:30.

Tiger Jayvees
Beat Rebels

  Saluda’s junior varsity scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take a 14-3  win over Mid-Carolina Thurs., Sept. 5.
  Down 3-0 going into the fourth quarter, Saluda ralled behind the play of quarterback Austin Summer, who had some big runs and completed key passes.
  An eight-yard run by Summer gave Saluda the lead. The last touchdown came on a four-yard run by Jedarius Stevens. Diego Licea kicked both extra points.