Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Camden, Charlton to Renew Rivalry

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Camden, Charlton to Renew Rivalry

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One of South Georgia's oldest football rivalries is resuming

next season after a two-year hiatus.

Class AAAA Camden County will travel 20 miles from Kingsland to

Folkston to play Class A power Charlton County.

The teams, which have played each other 40 times since 1952,

haven't met the last two seasons because they couldn't agree on

scheduling.

"We just decided that it made sense economically and it means

so much to the community that we thought we should play them

again," Camden coach Jeff Caldwell said.

Last year, Camden opened against Florida power Springfield

Rutherford and lost 48-3.

The last time the Wildcats played Charlton County, in 1995, the

Indians registered only their fourth win in series history,

33-22. Camden leads the series 35-4-1.

The 1999 game will be played in Kingsland.

The Wildcats traveled to Lowndes in last year's second game and

lost 38-0. This year, they'll host Bradwell Institute. That game

won't count in the Region 3-AAAA standings, since the two teams

play in different sub-regions.

Charlton will play at Class AAAA Brunswick in its second game

before beginning its eightgame Region 2-A schedule.

None of the games is official until the contract is signed and

approved by the Georgia High School Association. Schools have

until the end of the year to submit their official '98

schedules.

FROM SWAMP TO MALL? -- Charlton County football coach Rick

McWhorter is moving in different circles next year.

The Indians, of course, are the only team left from the old

Region 2-A in the new Region 2-A next year because of the GHSA

realignment.

McWhorter is discovering that things are different in the new

region, which includes schools from Savannah and points north.

"We were in a region meeting talking about scheduling,"

McWhorter said. "One of the coaches from Savannah asked me if we

would start games at 7 or 7:30. I said, `Heck, no. In the swamp,

we start games at 8 o'clock to let the log truck drivers get off

the roads and get to the stadium.' "

McWhorter said he asked the Savannah coach why anyone would

want to start games at 7 or 7:30. …

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