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SQUARING OFF - The Saluda defense lines up against the Crescent offense just before the snap Friday. (Standard-Sentinel photo )
 
Tigers Lose Another Heartbreaker
 
  Fortunately, few teams can claim they were involved in one of the most heartbreaking losses in school history. Unfortunately, the 2014 edition of the Saluda Tigers can claim the distinction twice.
  Crescent scored with  39.2 seconds to go in the game and kicked to subsequent extra point to take a 23-22 win over Saluda Fri., Oct. 24, in Iva.
  Earlier in the year Saluda was leading Mid-Carolina 33-28, and was at the Rebel 17 just over a minute to go in the game. In a bizarre play, the center nap hit Saluda’s man in motion and a Mid-Carolina defender picked up the ball and ran 85-yards for the winning score.
  It was “deja vu all again” Friday.   Saluda’s Anton Coleman intercepted a Crescent pass with 1:29 to go in the game. Leading 22-16, all the Tigers had to do was run out the clock, but on first down quarterback Dar’twon Hill fumbled the ball  and Crescent recovered at the Saluda 40-yard-line.
  As time was running out, Crescent quarterback Austin Pruitt, who had thrown for a whopping 19-yards previously in the game, completed a 28-yard scoring pass to Andriques Boseman, who caught the ball between two Saluda defenders.  Carson Campbell kicked the game winning extra point.
  To add insult to injury Saluda fumbled away the subsequent kick-off and Crescent recovered.
  This was another one of those games that the Tigers just flat gave away. All of Crescent’s touchdowns were the results of Saluda mistakes, and the Tigers had a touchdown called back and got nothing out of the threat.
  Saluda’s injury bad luck continued. On the Tigers second offensive play of the game, quarterback Forrest Winn was injured and never returned. Any plans to use Winn’s passing ability was gone, plus Winn is the holder for placekicking and does the punting.
  Hill came on and led the Tigers down the field, but the drive died at the Crescent 18-yard-line on a fourth down incompletion.
  On Crescent’s next possession, the Tigers partially blocked an Iva Tigers’s punt, and Saluda got the ball at the 35. On second down, Malcolm Wiggins gained 16-yards. On the next play Hill connected with Denasjee Posey for a 49-yard scoring pass. With Winn unable to hold, Saluda went for two and Hill passed to Jamarion Mathis for the conversion and an 8-0 Saluda lead with 3:09 to go in the first quarter.
  On Crescent’s possession after the kick-off, Pruitt was sacked for a ten-yard loss on third down, but the Tigers were flagged for a 15-yard facemask penalty.
  Instead of Crescent punting, the Iva Tigers got a first down. On second and four, Ray Artybridge took the hand-off on the crossbuck and ran untouched for the 44-yard score. Crescent was forced to go for two, and Octavian Scott scored on a run. The clock showed 1:18 to go in the first.
    Crescent punted on their first possession of the second quarter, but Saluda’ Posey fumbled the ball and Crescent recovered at the Tiger 32. On the seventh play of the drive, Pruitt scored on a one-yard. Crescent was called on holding on the two point try, and after the ten-yard walk off, Saluda’s defense allowed Pruitt to complete a 13-yard conversion pass to Artybridge. Crescent led 16-8 with 7:02 to go in the half.
  Saluda came back and drove from the 40 to the Crescent 5, where Hill scored on a run. The score was called back on a personal foul penalty against the Tigers, setting the ball all the way back to the 23. Posey was unable to come up with Hill’s 19-yard pass to the end zone on fourth down.
  Saluda had one more shot in the first half, getting as close as the Crescent 17, but came up empty again. Four times the Tigers were inside Crescent’s 20-yard line and only came away with eight points.
  Except for the last 39.2 seconds, Saluda completely dominated the second half.
  The Tigers took the opening kick-off and drove 77-yards in 11 plays. Hills scored on a five-yard run, then threw to Mathis for the conversion, tying the game at 16 with 6:37 to go in the third quarter.
  Saluda let another golden opportunity go by, when a short Iva Tiger punt gave Saluda the ball at the Crescent 34, but four straight Hill passes fell incomplete.  
  On Saluda’s first possession of the fourth quarter, the Tigers got to the Crescent 39 before a holding penalty killed the drive.
  Cody Phipps punt, however, pinned Crescent at the six. Crescent later punted from the seven and Saluda got the ball at the Tiger 45.
  Hill ran for 12 yards on first down, then hit Mathis for a 12-yard completion, and later teamed with Posey for 11-yards to the Crescent five. On first and goal Hill scored. The Tigers try for two failed and Saluda lead 22-16 with only 2:55 to go in the game.
  Until that point, Crescent had not earned a first down and had only gained 12 yards in the second half.
  Crescent did earn a first down after the kick-off, before Coleman’s interception with 1:29 to go. Hill’s fumble and the winning score followed shortly thereafter.
  Hill topped Saluda’s offense, rushing for 107 and throwing for 169. Posey had his best receiving game of the year, hauling in seven passes for 146 yards.
  Saluda’s defense held Crescent to 182 total yard.
  The Saluda interception of Crescent’s pass as time was running out was the first turnover made by a Saluda opponent in three games.
  Saluda falls to 2-7, 0-4 in the region, and will conclude their season Friday against arch-rival and region leader Batesburg-Leesville at the Panther Field. B&L defeated Thurmond 18-15 Friday.
  Kick-off is at 7:30.
 

 

WKA Senior # 54 Will Shealy on Defense for the Knights

Knights Hope For Win In Finale
By: Gerald Doolittle

 

 
  Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. -This week the W.W. King Academy Knights will close out what has truly been a frustrating season.  Back in August when Coach Zach Matthews welcomed his team for football practice there were visions of a repeat year of success for his team who had posted a 13-1 record on the way to the school’s first ever football title in 2013.
  However, it did not take long for injury after injury to key players to turn the season into a nightmare of loss after loss.  The season opened with a ten point loss to Patrick Henry.   After three games the Knights had a 2-1 record with wins over Beaufort Academy and a close 34-28 win over Ridge Christian.  That win came with a ninth grader leading the offense because of injuries to the top three quarterbacks.
  The fourth game of the season was really a heartbreaker as the Knights let a victory slip away at Greenwood Christian. At that time the Hawks were undefeated appearing to be the team to win the region. The Hawks pulled that game out in the last minute of play 25-24.
  After the Greenwood Christian game the Knights would drop games to Andrew Jackson and Carolina Academy to stretch the losing streak to three.    A 52-14 victory over hapless Jefferson Davis would give the Knights a little hope for a rebound.
  However, as they prepare for their final game of the season, the second three game losing streak of the season needs to be stopped as they face their rivals from Wardlaw Academy who also are having a down year.   They hope to make the Knights their third straight victim so they can finish with a 6-4 season.
  Last week the Knights traveled to Winnsboro to battle with the top ranked and undefeated Richard Winn Academy Eagles.   The Knights offense managed 439 offensive yards and still came up short 51-24 to the high powered Eagle offense that had 483 yards of offense against the banged up Knight defense.
  Wyatt McDonald playing quarterback for the second straight game had a career night.   He completed 14 of 28 passes for 218 yards.  He found Caleb Fulmer for 35 and 23 yard touchdowns.  Fulmer also caught a halfback pass from Alex Berry for a 5 yard touchdown in the first quarter.  For the game Fulmer had seven receptions for 114 yards.  McDonald also rushed the ball 12 times for 23 yards that included a 4 yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
  Berry and Conner Fox each had 12 carries for 73 and 23 yards for the game. Corbie Long had one carry for 8 yards and Fulmer had one carry for 1 yard.   Berry had a good night returning kickoffs.  He had 6 attempts for 93 yards.
  Fulmer again led the Knight defense with 10 primary and 3 assisted tackles.  He also had a pass rejection and caused a couple quarterback hurries. Will Shealy had perhaps his best game getting 6 primary tackles and 2 assisted stops.  Chris Fincher tallied 9 total tackles followed by Alan Rikard and Fox with 7 and 6.  Others getting at least one tackle were Corbie Long, Jackson Parrish, Michael Ziolkowski, Ben Buzhardt and Logan Stone.
  This week the Knights hope to be fired up to take a good fight to the Wardlaw Patriots as it will be senior night for the Knights. The departing seniors to be honored will be Corbie Long, Conner Fox, Alex Berry, Will Shealy, Patrick Corley, Alan Rikard, Will Trotter and Caleb Fulmer.
  Also, this will be homecoming night that was postponed several weeks ago because of bad weather. All Knight fans are urged to come out in full force this week to fire the team to a victory and let our seniors know how much they have been appreciated over the years as they were serving as ambassadors for W.W. King.