Thursday August 26, 2010
Saluda, SC--With 22 seniors back, Saluda and coach Doug Painter could take the next step. That step, go from a 2 and 8 team a year ago to a .500 squad or even playoff team.
Obviously it'll take a lot to get there, but the tigers seem to be headed in the right direction. Players are starting to buy into the system and they have kids that can make a big play here and there. As important as believing they can win, is to do just that.
"You work and you work and you work and you're still not 100% sure you can make something happen" said coach Doug Painter "But when you finally get over the hump and beat somebody you're maybe not suppose to beat, then it kind of clicks and like hey, we can compete and it kind of takes off from there. So hopefully we can get that done this year."
Guys like Tiangelo Hill, Almonty Abney and Devonte Weaver are just a few that will be relied on to make things happen. A change in philosophy has given these kids a better team concept. Now it's a matter of taking care of business on the field.
"Fly to the ball, do our assignments right every play and never give up and just count on each other to do there job." said Saluda senior Jontavis Perry
"If we can develop that consistency then I think we can keep the ball away from the other team and score enough points." added Painter "Give our defense enough time to rest and hopefully we'll be able to win some games that way."
Unlike a lot of teams anymore, Saluda did hold football camp away from the school when practice started. This led to the kids getting tighter and believing in each other.