Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Charlton Passes Test; Privett Leads Indians to Win

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Charlton Passes Test; Privett Leads Indians to Win

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Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER, The Times-Union

ATLANTA -- Charlton County coach Rich McWhorter calls his five-wide, no-back, shotgun style of offense back-yard football, partly because the field that the Indians use is uneven and patchy and partly because of the fast-paced, five-wideou shotgun sets.

On the smooth field turf surface of the Georgia Dome, the offense that was shaped on the rough fields of Folkston did just fine as Charlton County, on the arm of quarterback Jeremy Privett, beat Vidalia 22-9 to advance to the Class AA final Friday.

Privett, who already had the state single-season yardage and touchdown record prior to the game, completed 24 of 34 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns, running his records to 3,582 yards and 49 touchdowns.

Charlton had more trouble with the relatively warm conditions of the Georgia Dome than it did with Vidalia.

Charlton had played and practiced in cool weather for more than a month and the conditions in the Georgia Dome caused Charlton to focus more on hydrating the players during halftime than the game itself.

"We tried to prepare for [the warmth]," McWhorter said. "We told the kids coming in that it would be a change, but we still spent most of halftime just trying to hydrate our players."

Charlton's problems showed at the beginning of the second half.

Down 16-6 coming out of the locker room, Vidalia, which was having little success on offense, finally got going by pounding away at the middle of Charlton's defense with 5-foot-9, 350-pound fullback Raefeal Roundtree and hitting the corners with end-arounds to Damian Turner and David Hart.

The trio had Vidalia rolling down the field, before Charlton's defense was able to stop Vidalia's drive at the 17-yard line, giving up a 35-yard field goal.

After trading punts, Privett led Charlton back into scoring position, hooking up with Tristan Bridges for a 28-yard touchdown for a 22-9 lead with 42 seconds left in the third quarter.

"Any time you keep 6,7 or 8 points off the board it's big, but doing that got us back some of the momentum we lost [during that drive]," McWhorter said. …

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