Seminole County’s Javon Wiggins (33) and Patrick Bell (15) bring down Charlton County’s Andrew Lee (8) Friday night at Seminole Stadium. (Staff Photo: Tim Morse)
DONALSONVILLE — Charlton County’s Andrew Lee cut to the right, found a small hole through his offensive line and dashed 58 yards down the center of the field for a score.
It was a memory Seminole County players or their fans will not want to relive anytime soon.
Lee, who finished with two long touchdown runs, helped bring Seminole County’s perfect season to an end Friday night at Seminole Stadium in the second round of the Class A public school playoffs. Charlton rolled to an easy 42-0 victory and into the state semifinals next week.
For Seminole County (11-1), the Indians will be left wondering what happened. A perfect season went awry on a night where nothing seemed to go right. There were no lucky bounces as evidenced in the first half, when Charlton County coughed the ball up four times but recovered all of them.
“When there was a penalty, it seemed to go against us,” Seminole County coach Alan Ingram said. “But they beat us on the line of scrimmage.”
Charlton unleashed a passing attack unlike any Seminole County has seen this season. Quarterback Trae Harrington tossed two first-half touchdown passes, including a 31-yarder to Julian Roberts and a 50-yarder to Curtis Nixon to stake Charlton to a 21-0 lead at the half.
The two touchdown passes came after Lee scored on Charlton’s second possession, bursting through the line and rambling 67 yards for an early 7-0 lead with 7:19 left in the first quarter.
Seminole had no answer for Charlton’s defensive speed. The Indians from Folkston stopped Seminole County when it ran up the middle. Then they stopped Seminole when it tried to go outside, leaving Ingram very impressed.
“Those guys are gelling at the right time,” Ingram said. “I think their running back (Lee) has been out and this was only like his fourth game back. He got himself into really good shape.”
So dominant was Charlton’s defense that Seminole managed just one first down in the first two quarters and only two in the game. Shortly after quarterback Alex Fudge picked up enough yards for the first down, he fumbled the ball to Charlton with 3:16 left.
Seminole’s typical well-oiled offensive attack was nowhere to be found Friday, and Thomas Aiken, the Indians’ running back who returned to the team last week to lead them to a win against Wilkinson County, was held in check like the rest of his teammates.
Any chance Seminole County had of making the score respectable ended with Charlton stuffing Seminole on fourth-and-four from the Seminole 18 late in the third quarter. The next play Harrington hit Daveron Reed on an 18-yard slant pass for a touchdown.
Then Charlton’s Malik Brunson provided the clincher, dashing 26 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
On a cold, damp night where Seminole’s dream ended, Ingram stood back and reflected on the things his Indians accomplished this year. In a season where not much was expected, Ingram said Seminole overachieved.
“I’m proud of our little country runts,” he said. “They’ve played together all year and played with big, big hearts.”