Charlton County 34, Irwin County 33

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.

6 comments Add your comment


December 6th, 2013
11:59 pm

Irwin had the better talent and team – just made to many errors.


December 7th, 2013
2:45 am

Camden County Wildcats here, say Go Indians !!! Impressive as always. Good Luck.


December 7th, 2013
5:42 am

talent doesn’t always win ballgames…heart and determination go along way, I thought teams were evenly matched, both games close..Irwin is a good ballteam….can’t honestly say they were better..


December 7th, 2013
8:03 am

Charlton becoming the “Road Warriors” again, reverting back to a few seasons ago when they won 3 consecutive AA Titles.

During that run, they beat the always great Buford a couple of times at their home field.

For those who haven’t seen Andrew Lee run the ball yet, you are missing greatness .

spear chunker

December 7th, 2013
8:06 am

yes I agree Irwin had a lot of talent on the field….Charlton brought the 12th man to Ocilla…and a coaching staff with tradition a team with heart. both teams played a tremendous game. sitting on the visitor sidelines I saw people from ware county, clinch county, Camden county, and Brunswick. Irwin will sting for a few days but they can believe this game was decided by the teams on the field tonight. look forward to this rivalry in the future.


December 9th, 2013
8:17 am

I saw Charlton play early in the year and they threw the ball every down, from an 8 yard deep shotgun formation. Looks like they changed their offensive strategy for at least one game.