Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Indians Score Early, Coast to Easy Victory; Charlton County Bolts to a 22-0 Halftime Lead to Overwhelm Clinch

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Indians Score Early, Coast to Easy Victory; Charlton County Bolts to a 22-0 Halftime Lead to Overwhelm Clinch

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Byline: HAYS CARLYON

HOMERVILLE, Ga. - The streak continues.

Charlton County jumped on host Clinch County early and held on for a 28-7 victory on Friday night to kick off the regular season with its sixth consecutive triumph in the "Swamp War" rivalry.

"We've had a lot of humongous wins here, but this one feels really good because of where we were two weeks ago," Charlton County coach Rick McWhorter said. "We gave up 35 points in 36 minutes to Camden County in our preseason game and our team was in disarray.

"This is a rivalry game for us. It always has been and it feels great to get the win."

Anthony Wooding jump-started the Indians with a 36-yard punt return for a touchdown halfway through the first quarter. After running up the field 15 yards to field the ball, the senior broke to the left sideline and beat Clinch's perimeter punt coverage.

Charlton freshman running back Tre Hamilton then built on Wooding's momentum-generating score with one of his own. Hamilton scampered into the end zone from 18 yards out to extend the Indians' lead. He also converted the two-point conversion try on both scores, as the Indians pushed their lead to 16-0. Hamilton finished the first half with 96 yards rushing on 13 carries.

"Tre was huge for us tonight," McWhorter said. "He gave us a great change of pace and showed his explosiveness."

On the first play of the second quarter, Charlton struck again. Quarterback Chris Milton faked a handoff and found tight end Kesean Petterson wide open 15 yards downfield. The junior hauled in the pass with ease and coasted to the end zone for a 42-yard touchdown.

It wasn't a surprise the fake worked so well. Charlton had run the ball on its first 12 snaps to open the game.

The Indians failed to complete a pass on the two-point try and the game went to halftime with Charlton leading 22-0.

Clinch's night was defined by costly miscues.

The Panthers committed a 15-yard face-mask penalty on a third down that kept a drive going for Charlton and resulted in the game's second touchdown. …

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