The Charlton County Indian football team travelled up the road to Blackshear last Friday to scrimmage Pierce County for their final tune-up before opening the regular season. 

The outmanned and undersized Indians held with the Bears for almost two quarters before Pierce finally got going. The Indians would pick up what would be their only first down on their opening possession when quarterback Tristain Herring and running back Tony Cobb perfectly executed a screen pass that picked up 22 yards. From that point on, the Indian offense struggled to find a consistent running or passing game. 

Defensively, the Tribe was able to keep Pierce off the scoreboard until the 3:19 mark of the second quarter when the Pierce runner broke free for a 12-yard scoring run. After the Indians were held, the Bears showed off their passing attack hitting three straight passes, covering 67 yards, culminating with a 32-yard scoring pass with just 50 seconds left in the half for a 14-0 advantage. 

Things would not improve in the third quarter when Pierce connected on a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the second half to go up 21-0. The Indian defense would battle the remainder of the quarter as many Indians were playing both ways while Pierce did not. 

The Bears would add a 35-yard run with 6:34 left in the third quarter and were threatening as the quarter expired, but the Indian defense would hold them out of the end zone. 

The fourth quarter was the Junior Varsity portion of the scrimmage. Each team was given six minutes of offense. Pierce would get one scoring drive and Keith Harris picked off a pass to halt another drive. The Indians were unable to score in their six minutes as the scrimmage came to a close. 

The Tribe will host Frederica Academy this Friday night at “The Swamp” to open up the regular season. Frederica is the defending GISA Class AAA State Champions and defeated fellow GISA member Bethesda Academy, 24-7, in their preseason scrimmage.