Fox Creek Falls 50-7

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RECORD BREAKERS -  Dallan Wright #7 blocks for Jervon Whitt #5 in Saluda’s 50-7 win over Fox Creek in North Augusta Friday. Both receivers entered the Saluda High record book in the game. Wright caught his school record 12th and 13th touchdown passes for the season, and with his 10th touchdown reception, Whitt joined Wright set the record for most touchdown passes in a season by two receivers, 23. (Photo by Trey Fingerlin)

ON THE WAY  -  Dallan Wright #7 throws a key block, springing freshman Tyleke Mathis for a 74-yard punt return touchdown in Friday’s win over Fox Creek. (Photo by Trey Fingerlin)


Tigers Crush Fox Creek, 50-7


  Saluda scored 35 points in the final 6:16 of the second quarter and went on to crush Fox Creek 50-7 Fri., Oct. 18, at Lions Memorial Stadium in North Augusta.
  Like last week against Ninety Six, the Tiger offense got off to a lethargic start, and the team allowed the Predators to make an early game of it.
  Saluda did not score until the final play of the first quarter, when quarterback Noah Bell ran it in from one yard out. The drive covered 33-yards in three plays. Jacob McCary ran in the two-play from the “after the first touchdown spread” and Saluda led 8-0.
  Like Ninety Six did last week, the Predators responded with a score of their own. The 58-yard touchdown pass and extra point kick cut Saluda’s lead to 8-7. The drive covered 72-yards in six plays.
  The touchdown gave the Tigers a wake-up call.
  After Jervon Whitt returned the kick-off to the Saluda 42, the Tigers took seven plays to march in for the score. The touchdown came on a 40-yard pass from Bell to Dallan Wright, who broke the single season touchdown receiving record on the play. Adrian Vasquez kicked the PAT and Saluda led 15-7 with 6:16 to go in the half.
  The Predators appeared to be mounting a threat, but that ended when freshman defensive back Tyleke Mathis intercepted a pass and returned it to the Saluda 45. On second down Bell threw to Whitt, who covered 51-yards for the touchdown. Vasquez upped the lead to 22-7 with 4:27 left.
  Following a Fox Creek punt, the Tigers got the ball at their own 31. On first down, Bell threw 33-yards to Zaye Bryant to the Fox Creek 36. He followed that with passes of 11 and 23 yards to Montrevious Baker. Bell then scored his second touchdown on a two-yard run. Vasquez made the score 29-7 with 2:08 left in the half, but the Tigers still had 14 more points to score.
  Linebacker Reagan Cherry intercepted the Predator pass on first down  after the kick-off. Following a penalty on the return, the Tigers started play at the Fox Creek 27, and on first down Bell and Wright teamed up for their second touchdown of the night. Vasquez’ kick was good and the Tigers led 36-7 with just 1;46 left in the half.
  Fox Creek was three downs and punt on their possession after the kick-off, and the 31-yard punt put the Tigers at their own 40. Bell completed four out of five passes in the drive,, the final one covering 12-yards to Jabari Baker for the touchdown. Just 25.6 seconds remained when Vas-quez’s kick gave Saluda a 43-7 half time lead.
  Coach Stewart Young called off the dogs in the second half. Bell, who had over 300-yards passing in the first half, only had three pass attempts in the second.
  Saluda’s lone second half touchdown came on a 74-yard punt return by Mathis. The Tigers scoring ended at 50-7 with 5:39 to go in the third quarter after the Vasquez PAT.
  Saluda had one more threat in the fourth quarter with the reserves in the game, but it died on fourth down at the Fox Creek 15-yard line.
  The Tigers have established a nice trend of breaking offensive records. Wright broke the most touchdowns receptions in a season, 11, shared by Trevor Deloach and Madison Williams, when he caught his 12 touchdown pass in the second quarter. He later broke in own record with the 13th TD in the same period.
  With his tenth touchdown reception, Whitt also got in the record books, as he and Wright now hold the mark for most combined touchdowns in a season by a pair of receivers, 23. The old record was held by Deloach and Markel Mobley, 20.
  Bell set a school record with this third straight 300-yard passing game, a record he broke last week with his second straight 300 game.
  No one needs to be told who the Tigers play Friday, the team that has prevented Saluda from winning several state championships in recent years, Abbeville.
  The four-time defending state champion Panthers are 8-0 and ranked No. 1 in 2A, as usual.
  The Tigers. 7-1, were ranked seventh in last week’s poll.
  Kick-off at Hite Stadium in Abbeville will be at 7:30 p.m.



Young Tigers
Win Doubleheader

  Saluda’s middle school and Jayvee teams claimed win over to Edgefield County school Thurs., Oct. 17, at home.
  The middle school beat Merriwether 12-10.
  The Jayvees beat Fox Creek 26-12.
  Saluda scored came on one-yard run by Jedarius Stevens; a three-yard pass from Jonah McCary to Bernard Werts; a two-yard run by McCary; and a 28-yard option pass from Austin Summer to Zion Wright. Diego Licea kicked two extra points.