P.O. Box 668
Saluda, SC 29138
Phone 864 445-2527
Fax 864 445-8679
BY RALPH SHEALY
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
We hadn’t been to Crescent in awhile, so Wayne Grice, Danny Bledsoe and I decided to leave at 4 p.m. Friday, so we could eat at Yoder’s in Abbeville and still have plenty of time to get to Iva, which is about 70 miles from Saluda.
As I’ve stated before, I’ve only missed two Saluda High football games since 1977, and most of the memories of the games have faded. Two trips to Crescent have stood out to me, however.
Crescent had a tiny pressbox which means I had to sit in the stands. In all the road games I’ve attended, the only time I had to keep stats in the rain was at Crescent. It’s hard to write on a wet pad. Fortunately, the rain did not last that long.
Another trip to Crescent, I almost froze to death. It was a Friday, like last Friday. I figured that night the temps would be mild, so I wore a light sweater as my only protection from the cold.
That was a bad mistake. By the time the fourth quarter came around, I could barely write because I was shivering so badly.
When we left the stadium, I was anxious to check the thermometer at a bank in Iva, fulling expecting to see lows in the 30s. I was amazed when thermometer read 54 degrees! That was the coldest 54 in history.
Remembering that night, I was well-insulated Friday, wearing layer after layer.
We got to Yoder’s at 4:45. We were the first customers. I mean, how many people eat supper at 4:45?
Yoder’s has always played a dirty trick on diners. They put the desserts first, instead of last.
I usually get strawberry pie, but when I saw a big piece of coconut cream pie, I couldn’t resist.
I got a plate full of good homemade food, and had to have one apple fritter.
When I finished the plate and the fritter, I was full, and I had not taken a bite of the pie. I forced it down. Boy, it was good, and boy, was I miserable the rest of the night.
Although we had not been to Crescent in a few years, we remembered how to get there - go around the square in Abbeville, head to Antreville and on to Iva.
We remembered the school was just past the railroad track. We got to Iva, but we couldn’t find the railroad track. I had found the address online, and we were on the right road. We drove and drove it seemed, and finally we saw the school.
We figured this was a new school. Saluda had one, why not Crescent?
We parked and saw a couple of Crescent fans and found out this was, indeed, the same school. The railroad track had been removed.
We got there 80-minutes before kick-off, by the way. We won’t leave so early next time.
David Winn was sitting below us in the stands, and said, “I haven’t been here since 1981.”
Surely, we’ve played Crescent since then. I seemed only 10-15 years to me. When I got home, I looked it up. Yep, Saluda last played Crescent in 1981, 33 years ago.
I don’t know if it was 1981 that I froze in the stands, but, as I said I was well-prepared, and didn’t get cold. I turned one my heated stadium seat, even though I didn’t need it. At least, I thought I turned it on .
Saturday, my TimeHop app had my Facebook status from a year ago, and it stated how I had forgotten to plug the wires together that make the heater work on my stadium seat.
Oh, no! I forgot to plug them up again Friday. I’ve had that seat for four years, and I have only used it once each year, and I do believe I have plugged the wires up only once!
I plan on taking the seat to B&L Friday. I you see me, ask me if I’ve plugged up the wires!
I hope you’ve seen the photo on page one of the two graduates of the Sardis High School Class of 1936.
For years Louise Way and Ellis Temples lived next door to each other.
“If I wanted to have a class reunion, I’d just walk to the fence and yell,” Mr. Elllis said!
A LOT ALIKE
Saluda and Carolina’s football teams are a lot alike. Both teams are better than their records indicate. Carolina could easily be 6-1, and Saluda should definitely have at least four wins, instead of two.
The Tigers have literally given two games away with just over a minute to go. In both cases Saluda had the ball and fumbled.
Friday’s loss to Crescent was every bit has heartbreaking as the loss of Mid-Carolina earlier in the year. No one hurts more than the players and coaches.
You’ve got to convert in the red zone. Carolina’s Dylan Thompson had two red zone interceptions in the 42-35 loss to No. 5 Auburn. Do the math.
Saluda made four trips inside the 20 in the first half against Friday and scored once. Saluda could have won this game in a runaway. The Tigers were the better team.
Saluda has been hurt by injuries, and a lack of production in the kicking game. Years past, Saluda would have attempted a lot of field goals by now. This year, they’ve attempted one and made none.
In the previous five seasons, Saluda kickers scored 52, 31, 39, 41 and 45 points. This year, Saluda’s two inexperienced kickers have combined to score only 11 points the entire season. Again, do the math. By the way, in 2008, Saluda’s kickers produced only 19 points. In 2009 the total increased to 52.
These kickers are underclassmen and will have a whole year to get better, and the kicker for Saluda Middle School was 6-7 against Merriwether Friday.
With so many good skilled people returning next year, things are looking up for the Tigers.
Carolina still has four games to continue improving. The only team that can stop Carolina’s offense is Carolina. Unfortunately, Carolina’s defense couldn’t stop an average junior varsity team.
Ray grew up in our county, graduated from Saluda High, then joined the military. He retired after 20 years, returned to Saluda County, and went to USC-Aiken.
After he graduated, he taught for a period, then got involved in government. He was Saluda County director for a number of years.
When he was in high school, Ray lived next door to my mother and family on Jennings Street.
He told me a hilarious story of an event involving the late Hack Fulmer, who Saluda old-timers remember fondly.
Hack lived through the woods from Ray.
Ray was out in his yard one day. He didn’t see or hear Hack moving through the woods.
Ray had his back to the woods, when Hack yelled to the top of his lungs, “Have you seen any Foxes lately!”
Ray said Hack scared him so badly, it took him a day to recover.
Ray was a good man, who did a lot for this county during his years of service. He will be missed.
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