SALUDA 47, RS-M 20

SALUDA — In its first contest of the season, the Saluda football team came away with an impressive win and lost one of its key players for the season.


The Tigers (1-0) took control against Ridge Spring-Monetta (0-1) in the second half, outscoring the Trojans 26-13 in the final two quarters.


“Ridge Spring and coach Corley have a really good program,” Stewart Young, Saluda’s head coach, said. “I admire the heck out of what he’s doing out there. I tell him that every time I see him. I’ve been here 10 years and Ridge Spring just keeps getting scarier and scarier. This was not a pushover by any stretch of the imagination.”


In the first half, Saluda used big plays, a 55-yard run by star running back Malik Brooks and a 71-yard touchdown pass from Dar’Twon Hill to Denasjee Posey to take control. Brooks was knocked out of the game – and possibly the season – with 4:01 left in the first quarter, in which he racked up 74 yards and a touchdown.


“First of all, your heart goes out to Malik Brooks – our running back – what happened was tragic,” Young said. “It’s pretty clear he broke his forearm. During the game we told them to keep their heads up and play for him, and they did. It could have pulled the air out – that’s a testament to our team.”


For Ridge Spring-Monetta head coach Heath Corley, the game was difficult, as his team was unable to do small things correctly which led to big plays for Saluda.


“Effort is never a question with these guys,” he said. “It’s just frustrating that we didn’t do the little stuff right – lining up correctly and knowing the difference in man and zone coverage. We gave up huge plays because of that.”


The Trojans will have to regroup quickly, as Wagener-Salley comes to town next Friday for a big early-season matchup.


“We just have to have better attention to detail,” he said. “There are some things that, right now, they don’t understand. They’re trying to get to the end result without the attention to detail. That’s a little bit about youth and eagerness to win.”


Ridge Spring-Monetta will host Wagener-Salley on Friday at 7:30 p.m.


T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for The North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj.


RSM 0 7 0 13 — 20


S 7 14 7 19 — 47


SCORING SUMMARY


FIRST QUARTER


S — Malik Brooks 55-yard run (Carlos Becerra kick good) 7:12


SECOND QUARTER


S — Denasjee Posey 71-yard catch from Dar’Twon Hill (Becerra kick good) 7:51


S — Jalen Coleman 27-yard interception return (Becerra kick good) 6:03


RSM — Corey Hopkins 2-yard run (Tony Martin kick good) 00:52


THIRD QUARTER


S — Jamarion Broadwater-Mathis 11-yard pass from Forrest Winn (Becerra kick good) 2:09


FOURTH QUARTER


RSM — Hopkins 3-yard run (Martin kick good) 11:55


S — Broadwater-Mathis 18-yard pass from Winn (Becerra kick good) 8:49


RSM — Craig Burton 3-yard run (Martin kick failed) 5:21


S — Malcolm Wiggins 27-yard run (Becerra kick failed) 3:07


S — Broadwater-Mathis 66-yard interception return (Becerra kick failed) 1:09


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS


RUSHING


RSM — Burton - 13-146 1TD; Hopkins - 13-65 2TDs; Ty’Quaz Smith - 2-9; Preston - 6-39; Jacob Deloach - 4-13; Stanley Roland - 2-5


S — Brooks - 5-74 1TD; Hill - 5-26; Dakota Sheppard - 18-78; Hunter Coleman - 2-10; Winn - 3-24; Wiggins - 1-27 1TD


PASSING


RSM — Preston - 9-19-137 2 INT


S — Hill - 4-6-123 1TD; Winn 3-5-49 2TDs


RECEIVING


RSM — Johnathan Gibson 6-33; Hopkins - 3-104


S — Broadwater-Mathis - 5-97 2TDs; Reco Smith 1-4; Posey 1-71 1TD


INTERCEPTIONS


S — Coleman 1-27 1TD; Broadwater-Mathis 1-66 1TD