Sunday, August 11, 2013
At Saluda, it's been a long road back to respectability, but the Tigers are here, and they're ready to take the next step.
It's been since 2003 for Saluda to have a winning record. They have made the playoffs back-to-back years, but that isn't enough anymore for Doug Painter's bunch.
One reason is that they're getting noticed at a higher level.
Big lineman Dexter Wideman has college looks from all over, and he gave his verbal committment to Florida State. His skills brought college coaches to Saluda, and that attention has the entire team raising its game.
"That makes everyone want to work harder," Wideman said. "That way they can have people come watch them. I told a lot of people on the team, 'Just because they come looking at me, you can get looked at yourself. You just gotta work hard."
Head Coach Doug Painter added, "You know I told them, 'Look. Don't be jealous. Don't be negative about it. What it's doing is it's drawing other people to come watch us practice, so somebody else might see you."
The Tigers have a lot of weapons back from last year's team, and they feel ready to challenge the upper tier of their region.