By Steve Carter
Special to Score Atlanta
After defeating the Charlton County Indians, 29-26, on a last second field goal on Nov. 6, the Irwin County Indians saw a kick again decide their fate against Charlton.
The result was a 34-33 victory for Charlton that allowed the Indians to advance to the Class A-Public state championship game Dec. 14 at the Georgia Dome against Marion County.
After scoring a touchdown on a 3-yard run by Antuane Merritt with four seconds left in the game to make the score 34-33, Eric Contreras’ attempt for the point after was blocked and Charlton held on for the win.
Charlton was led by sophomore running back Andrew Lee, who had 24 carries for 228 yards and four touchdowns. Charlton had 289 total yards.
Irwin was led by Merritt, 21 carries for 158 yards, and Robert Moore, 19 carries for 107 yards. The Indians had 360 total yards.