Kaidon Salter throws game-winning TD in high school playoff win

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    Vols quarterback signee Kaidon Salter threw the game-winning touchdown in Texas’ Class 6A Division II Region 2 championship at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas on Saturday afternoon.

    The 15-yard touchdown toss after improvising on the play sent his Cedar Hill High School football team to the state semifinals for the first time since it won a state championship in 2014. Cedar Hill defeated Rockwall-Heath High School of Rockwall, Texas 27-24.

    Salter finished the game 20-of-37 passing for 268 yards and three touchdowns. He added 86 rushing yards on the ground as Cedar Hill improved to 11-1 on the season courtesy of the quarterfinal victory.

    Cedar Hill’s next game will be against Guyer High School of Denton, Texas. The game will be played next Saturday at 1 p.m. central time at McKinney ISD Stadium in McKinney, Texas. It’ll be a rematch of the 2019 area-round game that ended Salter’s junior season in the second round of the playoffs when Guyer defeated Cedar Hill 50-41.

    The 6-foot-1.5, 185 lbs. signal-caller signed with Tennessee on Dec. 16. Salter will be an early enrollee. If Cedar Hill advances to the state championship game, however, he won’t arrive until after Jan. 16.

    Salter signed with the Vols as the No. 46 overall player in the country according to 247Sports. He’s considered the No. 3 overall dual-threat quarterback in the country and the sixth-best player in the state of Texas.

    He was the only quarterback Tennessee signed during the early signing period. The Vols currently have two quarterbacks on scholarship following the decisions of Jarrett Guarantano and J.T. Shrout to enter the transfer portal. True freshman Harrison Bailey and true sophomore Brian Maurer are the only quarterbacks currently on UT’s roster.

    Ben McKee
    Ben McKee is a graduate from the University of Tennessee and has a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He covers Tennessee football, basketball, baseball, and the Lady Vols for RTI, and he's also the host of the RTI Podcast. You can also hear Ben on the morning sports radio show "The Swain Event." He's the producer and co-host along with former Vol wide receiver Jayson Swain.