FOLKSTON, Ga. – The Charlton County football program is coming off it’s best season since 2009.
2014 saw an Indians team that finished 11-2 and one that made a run to the Class A quarterfinals, where they would lose to the eventual state champions, Hawkinsville.
Now in 2015, the Indians are looking to build off last season’s success. Charlton County has it’s largest roster (73) up to this point since head coach Rich McWhorter took over. More important than the numbers, the roster has some key returners from 2014.
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Quarterback Jimmy Nettles returns for his senior season as the starting signal caller after winning ten games, playing very well starting as a junior. They also return senior running back Andrew Lee, and senior defensive end Teon Burroughs who is joined by a defensive line that McWhorter calls “the strength of the team.”
“We feel like we have a chance to be a solid football team,” McWhorter said.
How good the Indians can be in 2015 will hinge on whether they can find new players to step in along the offensive line and in the receiving corps. Only one starter from each group is returning this season, leaving McWhorter with the task of finding players with little experience to step up and fill rolls.
At receiver, the Indians have four seniors (Tyree Mann, Demontrae Jernigan, Tyree Gibson and Isaac Gills) who would appear to be the guys looked at to fill the pass catching void.
Along the offensive line, McWhorter is hoping three seniors can anchor the unit. The only returning starter, senior Andrew Chesser, will be looked at to lead the inexperienced group. Chesser will be joined by fellow seniors Caleb Hodges and Ralph McCormick, who McWhorter is hoping will step in and play at a high level. The other two spots along the offensive line are yet to be decided.
“We’ve got to have some select guys that haven’t started a varsity game step up and be varsity football players,” McWhorter said. “We need some offensive lineman to step up. We need to find some guys there that are willing to compete. If that happens, if our offensive line can step up, and we have some guys step up and play some varsity football, I think we have a chance to be a solid football team.”
Charlton County opens the regular season, August 29, when they play host to Manchester.
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