Saluda's special challenges
Punt coverage, breaking tackles top coach's list of Tigers' shortcomings
A fake punt derailed the Saluda High School football team from its ambition to defeat ninth-ranked Newberry.
But Tigers coach Doug Painter said he knows there are other issues his team must work on.
"We've got to run the ball better and do a better job on special teams," Painter said.
The special teams reference is obvious after the Bulldogs used a fourth-and-2 situation for a fake punt to continue a drive that resulted in a touchdown and a 16-7 lead last Friday against Saluda. The Tigers eventually lost 23-7.
"That was a good call on their part," said Painter, whose team is 3-3 overall and 0-1 in Region 2-AA. "And we didn't do a good job of defending it. That was kind of a game-changer."
One other special teams issue for Saluda is at punter, where Austin Bell is waiting on a broken bone in his hand to heal. He can only play at linebacker for now.
And on offense, the Tigers rushed for 79 yards Friday.
"We've got to do a better job of staying on blocks up front and breaking some tackles," Painter said. "We've got to control the line of scrimmage."
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