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ON THE EDGE - Saluda’s Denasjee Posey “walked the tightrope” to haul in this pass against Abbeville Fri. night. Dar’twon Hill scored on the  next play. (Standard-Sentinel photo )
 
Panthers Edge Tigers, 26-18
 
  Abbeville scored a touchdown in each quarter to take a hard-fought 26-18 win over Saluda Fri., Oct. 10, at the Bettis Herlong Stadium at Matthews Field.
  It was another frustrating loss for the Tigers, who played just as well as their opponents, but found ways to give the game away
  The gift giving started early Friday - on the first official play of the game.
  After the two team exchanged five-yard penalties, the Tigers committed the same turnover that cost them the Mid-Carolina game earlier this year.
  Wide receiver Denasjee Posey went in motion and the center snap hit him, and Abbeville recovered. Mid-Carolina returned the fumble 85-yards with just over a  minute to play to give the Rebels a 36-33 win over the Tigers.
  The Panthers recovered at the Saluda 21 and marched in to score in five plays. The touchdown came on a four yard run by Red Scott. Troy Cann kicked the point after, and Abbeville led 7-0 with 10:07 to go in the first quarter.
  The Tiger came right back. Getting the ball at the 20 after Cann’s kickoff sailed into the end zone, the Tigers marched the 80-yards in 11 play. The big gainers were passes of 29 and 25 yards from quarterback Forrest Winn to Posey. Dar’twon Hill scored the touchdown on a two-yard run. Saluda’s place kicking woes continued as Hunter Coleman missed the kick. Saluda trailed 7-6 with 6:33 to go in the quarter.
  Abbeville used its strong ground game to increase the lead, marching 89-yards in 17 plays, eating up most of the second quarter clock. The touchdown came on a five yard run by fullback Ales DuBose. The Tigers’ Jalen Coleman blocked the PAT and Abbeville led 13-6.
  The Tigers only had 2:39 to respond, and they did it in exciting fashion. With only 9.1 seconds to go in the half, Winn connected with Jamarion Mathis for a 28-yard scoring pass. Coleman once again missed the kick and Abbeville led 13-12 at the half.
  The Panthers increased the lead on their first possession of the second half. Abbeville, who throws the ball about as often as Republicans support President Obama, went to the air for their only completion of the night, a 30-yard scoring pass from quarterback Joseph Battle to the wide open Marvin Burnside. Cann’s kick at the 9:38 make made the score 20-12.
  The Tigers blew an excellent chance to get on the scoreboard late in the quarter. With second and less than a yard at the Abbeville 21, Saluda proceeded to lose 11-yards on three straight plays and turned the ball over on downs to the Panthers at the 32.
  Abbeville got some insurance midway in the fourth quarter. After Winn’s 45-yard punt put Panthers at their own 45, Scott got the call on first down, and broke into the open for a 55-yard scoring run. Cann’s kick was once again blocked by the Tigers and Abbeville led 26-12.
  The Tigers took to the air to cut the lead. Winn hit Hill for passes of 31 and five yards, then connected with Mathis, who made outstanding catches, on passes of 24 and 18 yards respectively, the last one going for the score. Hill’s option pass for two was no good.
  The Tigers held Abbeville to four and out after the kick-off and still had a chance to knot the game, but Posey bobbled the punt and Abbeville recovered at the Saluda 46 and ran out the clock.
  The game came down to passing versus running. Saluda gained 216 yards through the air, but only managed 36 on the ground. Abbeville rushed for 281, but only got 30 passing yards.
  Winn completed 11 of 18 passes for 197-yards and two scores. Mathis caught six passes for 99-yards for two touchdowns.
  Winn also had an outstanding punting game, averaging 41.5 yards on four punts.
  The Tigers, 2-5, host old rival Strom Thurmond, 4-3, in their final home game of the season Friday. The Rebels beat Crescent 16-7 last week.
  Kick-off for Senior Night will be 7:30 p.m.
 


WKA Senior # 7 Conner Fox on Defense for the Knights

Knights Fall Short
In Battle For Sword

By: Gerald Doolittle

 
  Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. -Last Friday night the W.W. King Academy Knights of Coach Zach Matthews were hoping to up their winning streak to two against the Laurens Academy Crusaders and at the same time hold on to the Sword that each school battles for in this rival game.
  The first quarter it appeared the injury bug would take its toll on the Knights.  However, it was mostly cramps that slowed the team up and they bounced back to have a competitive game.
  The Crusaders would draw first blood with a six play 48 yard drive that ended with a touchdown run of 4 yards by Chase Brewington with 8:41 left in quarter one.
  The Knights answered that with an eight play 57 yard drive with Alex Berry diving in from one yard out followed by his two point conversion run to put the Knights ahead 8-6 with 3:21 left in the quarter.
  Berry would score again on the Knights next drive when he broke away for a 50 yard romp with 10:03 left in quarter two.   That drive was for 62 yards on four plays putting the Knights up 14-6.
  The Knights, on their next drive of 81 yards on five plays, would see Lane Bedenbaugh take it in from six yards out followed by the two point conversion pass from Berry to Corbie Long to give the Knights a 22-6 lead with 5:24 left in the half.
  The Crusaders would answer that with a ten play 53 yard drive that ended with a one yard run by Robert Williams and a two point conversion run by Williams to cut the Knight lead to 22-14 with 1:35 left in the half.
  It did not take the Knights long to move 55 yards on six plays.   Conner Fox would take a 15 yard pass from Berry with :14 left in the half to put the Knights up 28-14 at the break.
  The third quarter would prove to be a nightmare for the Knights as Laurens would tack on three touchdowns to take a 32-28 lead into the fourth quarter. Brewington would have touchdown receptions of 15 and 26 yards and Williams would have a 7 yard run to paydirt.
  In the fourth quarter, each team would score a touchdown leading to a 38-34 win by Laurens.   Berry had the Knight score with a 24 yard run with 10:19 left to play that put the Knights back on top at 34-32.
  Laurens would put the game away with a clock eating 15 play 85 yard drive.  Brewington would score the winning touchdown with 1:18 left to play. Brewington was the player of the game with his 18 pass receptions good for 323 yards. The Crusaders quarterback Ryan Holmes completed 24 of 37 passes for 441 yards.
  Berry again was the offensive gun for W.W. King rushing 14 times for 176 yards and three touchdowns.  He completed 12 of 24 passes for another 131 yards and a touchdown. Conner Fox and Bedenbaugh would rush for 49 and 46 yards.  Fox would also have 70 yards on 5 pass receptions.
  Bedenbaugh would lead the defense with 10 primary and 2 assisted tackles.  Berry and Fox would follow with 11 total tackles each and Caleb Fulmer would follow with 10 total tackles that included 2 quarterback drops. Alan Rikard would also record a quarterback drop.
  This week the Knights hope for a rebound as they travel to Summerton to battle with the Clarendon Hall Saints.  All Knight fans are urged to follow the Knights and urge them on to victory.