The Brantley County Herons used a dominating ball-control rushing offense to keep the ball away from the Charlton County Indians on the way to a 34-16 win last Friday night in Nahunta. The Herons rushed 62 times for 307 yards and added 86 yards through the air. Meanwhile, the Indians rarely had possession of the ball in the first half and four turnovers didn’t help their cause either.
Brantley received the opening kickoff and returned it 45 yards out close to midfi-eld. The Herons would run the ball 11 straight times and aided by two offside penalties by the Indians would cover 53 yards culminating in a two yard touchdown run. The PAT kick failed and Brantley led, 6-0.
Seaquan Clark returned the kickoff 13 yards out to the 37 and on first down, Tony Cobb busted loose for a 28-yard run to the Heron 35. But after picking up nine yards, the Tribe failed to convert on fourth down and turned the ball over.
Brantley took over at their own 25 and drove 50 yards, but the Indians would hold on a fourth down to take over on downs. But Charlton was unable to move the ball and Cobb got off a 46-yard punt to the Heron 36.
After a four-yard run on first down, the Herons struck for a 59- yard pass down to the one yard line setting up a first and goal. One running play later, the Herons were in the end zone again. The PAT kick failed again and the Heron lead was 12-0 with 8:24 left in the half.
Taking over after the kickoff, the Tribe got a 13-yard run from Clark to move out near midfield, but a high snap over the quarterback’s head resulted in a lost fumble with Brantley taking over from the Indian 35. It would take seven runs by the Herons to find pay dirt again as they scored on a five yard run. The run for two points was good and with 2:47 left in the half,Brantley led, 20-0.
Things continued to go bad for the Indians on the first play after the kickoff. Quarterback Jaylen King’s pass deflected off an Indian receiver into the arms of a Heron and returned to the Heron 49.
Brantley would drive down to the one yard line, but a procedure penalty backed them up and they couldn’t get back into the end zone before time expired in the half.
Charlton would begin the second half from their own 40 after a good return from Clark. Cobb followed with an 18- yard scamper to get into Heron territory. But the movement stopped there and the Tribe would turn the ball over on downs.
Starting from their own 45, the Herons would use eight runs to cover the 55 yards and scored on a five-yard run at the 5:11 mark of the third quarter. The PAT kick was good and the Herons led, 27-0.
The Indians would begin their next drive from their own 20, but a penalty dropped them back five yards. On third down, King found Cobb out of the backfi-eld and watched him outrace the Heron defenders for an 85-yard touchdown pass. It was King’s first career touchdown pass. Cobb ran in the two-point conversion and with 3:07 left in the third quarter, the lead had been cut to27-8.
Feeling a little bit of momentum, the Indian defense would get the ball right back when Keith Harris intercepted a Brantley pass and returned it to the 50 yard line. After a pass interference penalty, the Indians were in business at the 35. But on the first play of the fourth quarter, another King pass was deflected off an Indian receiver into the arms of a Heron to end the drive.
Brantley would take over from their own seven and moved out to the 13. The Herons gambled on fourth down going for the first, but the Indian defense held. Four straight runs by Cobb followed and he would cross the goal line on a five yard run with 7:38 left in the game. Cobb ran in the two-point try to cut the lead to 27-16.
After a touchback on the kickoff, the Herons drove 80 yards and continued to chew up the clock and scored on a five yard run with just 2:08 remaining.
Charlton continued to fight back and got consecutive completions from King to Clark covering 35 yards to move to the Heron 40 yard line. But the Herons would pick up another interception with just over a minute remaining and run out the clock.
Cobb led the Indians offensively with 62 rushing yards and a touchdown as well as his 85-yard touchdown reception. King finished with 114 passing yards and Clark caught four passes for 29 yards.
Charlton will host Appling County this Friday night in another non-region matchup.