High School Sports

Football: Saluda at Gilbert

Site: Leonard Price Field. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Saluda notes: The Tigers (4-4, 1-2) are coming off a 64-0 loss to Strom Thurmond. The unbeaten Rebels rolled up 535 yards on offense, and limited Saluda to a meager 29 net yards … It was the worst loss in Saluda annals in the modern era (since 1970). Ironically, the Tigers biggest win on the books was a 65-0 romp vs. Strom Thurmond in 1973 … Running back KeKe Clark had 157 yards rushing and two touchdowns in Saluda’s 28-26 win over Newberry in the Region 3-2A opener three weeks ago.

Gilbert notes: The Indians (5-3, 1-2) opened region play with a big win over Batesburg-Leesville, but have since dropped back-to-back games to Newberry and Mid-Carolina to put themselves on the outside in the running for a second-place finish and a home date in the state playoffs. The only way Gilbert can pull it off is to win out, and hope Mid-Carolina dropped its final two games … The Tribe fell 35-21 to Mid-Carolina last week in the rain despite a career game by quarterback Adam Spires, who completed 30 of 53 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns … But while Spires was on fire, the M-C defense limited Marco Anderson to 42 yards rushing on 12 carries … Dylan Skinner, Cameron Winchester and Johnny Bowers hauled in Spires scoring throws. Skinner’s 7-yard scoring catch pulled Gilbert within 28-21 in the fourth quarter. Skinner finished with eight receptions for 94 yards, while Winchester grabbed five balls for 134 yards.

Series history: Gilbert ended a five-game losing streak in the series last year with a 35-14 win. Saluda enjoys a 6-4 edge in the series that has been an on-again, off-again affair since the first meeting in 1988.

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