Blacksburg Falls. 42-7

ONE OF TWO - Saluda’s Jervon Whitt scores one of his two touchdowns in the Tigers 42-6 win over Blacksburg in the first round of the state play-offs Friday. Also pictured are Matt Holmes #52, Jabari Baker #3 and David Warren #55. (SHS photo by Dean Roesner)

 Tigers Cruise, 42-6

  Saluda started the play-offs in fine fashion by crushing Blacksburg 42-6 Fri., Nov. 8, at the Bettis Herlong Stadium at Mathews Field.
  For all practical purposes, the game ended at halftime with Saluda leading 42-0. Coach Stewart Young substituted liberally in the second half, with the Jayvee team playing most of the fourth quarter.
  The Tigers received the game’s opening kick-off, and marched 65-yards in 11 plays to take a 7-0 lead with 9:24 to go in the first quarter. With the exception of his 20-yard run, quarterback Noah Bell passed for the rest of the yardage. The touchdown came on a two-yard pass form Bell to Dallan Wright. Adrian Vasquez kicked the PAT.
  A 30-yard punt return by freshman Tyleke Mathis set up the next Tiger score. On the first play of the drive, Bell threw to Jervon Whitt for a 37-yard touchdown pass. Vasquez made the score 14-0 with 7:12 to go in the opening period.
  An interception and 40-yard return to the Wildcat seven-yard-line by sophomore defensive back Darius Cleveland set-up Saluda’s next score. The touchdown came on a three-yard pass from Bell to Wright. Vasquez’ kick gave Saluda a 21-0 lead with 8:49 to go in the first half.
  On their next possession, the Tigers moved 55-yard in five plays to up the score to 28-0. Passes from Bell to Montrevious Baker and Zaye Bryant, set-up the 15-yard touchdown pass from Bell to Whitt. Vasquez kick came with 6:26 to go.
  After the kick-off, Blacksburg earned its first  first down of the night, but punted four plays later.
  With the ball at the Saluda 35, Bell threw 29-yards to Bryant on first down, then threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Wright on the next play. Vasquez made it 4-4 with his kick, and Saluda led 35-0 with 2:49 remaining on the  first half clock.
  Saluda defense accounted for the last Tiger score of the night. Defensive lineman Al Johnson scooped up a Blacksburg fumble and rambled 15-yards for the score. Vasquez kick came with 1:30 left and gave the Tigers a 42-0 lead.
  The second half was mostly a punting contest, as the Tigers only earned one first down.
  With 4:20 to go in the game, the Wildcats finally scored. The try to two failed, making the final score 42-6.
  Several Tigers broke their own school records in the game.
  Bell broke his record for most passing yardage in season, 2806,  most completions, 195, and most touchdown passes, 37.
  Wright, who missed last week’s B&L game,  broke his most receiving yardage in a season record, 925, and most receiving touchdowns, 17.
  Wright and Whitt  broke their record for most receiving touchdowns by a pair of receivers, 31.
  With the win, the Tigers advance to the second round of the play-offs for the fifth straight year, another school record.
  They’ll travel to Lancaster to take on Buford, the team ond round and beat 38-14. The Yellow Jackets are 8-3 and won the Region 1 championship, just as theydid last season.
  The only like opponent is Blacksburg, who defeated Buford 41-21 in the first game of the season.
  Kick-off is at 7:30.

BOYS STATE VISITORS - The October meeting of American Legion Post 65 centered around the Palmetto Boys State visit.  Pictured left to right front row:   Jacob McCary, Saluda High, son of Thomas (Rickey) and Stephanie McCary; Paul Metts, South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools, son of Allan and Lee Ann Metts; and Cade Gentry, Saluda High, son of Matt and Jennifer Gentry.  Unable to attend:  Joe Ordile, Saluda High, son of Louis and Kim Ordile;  Matthew Herlong, Saluda High, son of Lee and Callie Herlong and Dylan Matthews, King Academy, son of Wayne and Sherri Matthews.  Second row:  Past Commander Al Butler, Veterans Service Officer and Legion Finance Officer William Holecek, Post 65 Commander John Hood, back row: Dan Guy, Americanism Chair and Chaplain Bob Albert. The Boys Staters  shared their experiences from the  Anderson University  encampment where they learn politics by participating in a mock governmental system. The Legion thanks all who helped make this years Palmetto Boys State a success.