First Half Highlights
Early County had the ball and the lead to open the second half, but a batted
pass fell into the arms of Charlton County defender D.J. Donley, and the Indians
were back in business deep in Bobcat territory.
The Early County defense picked up the offense though, and forced Charlton
County backwards and into a 38 yard field goal attempt. The Bobcats blocked the
field goal attempt, and were back in business on their own 33.
Charlton County's offense finally got going again with a long pitch and catch to
receiver Terrence Milton. The play got down to the Early County six yardline,
but another penalty moved it back to the 11.
Once again, Early County rose to the challenge and forced fourth down and goal
from the nine. Early County's defense swarmed Dwight Dasher and dropped him for
a 10 yard loss (video).
Charlton County was able to hold Early to a punt and take over at their own 30
with 1:53 left in the third quarter. The Bobcats were playing defense on another
level through three quarters. They pushed the Indians back three yards and
forced another punt.
Early County took a 6-0 lead into the fourth quarter and the ball at midfield
facing second and four.
Disaster struck for the Bobcats as Adam Davis wrestled the ball away from
quarterback Emmanuel Taylor and sprinted to the endzone for a 50 yard tying
score (video). Charlton County added the PAT to forge ahead 7-6 and their first
lead of the game.
Taylor wasn't ready to concede the game just yet though, as he zipped a 23 yard
seam route out of the shotgun on the first play from scrimmage on the next
drive. Charlton County's defense was up to the challenge too though. The Indians
slung Taylor backwards, and he lost the ball. Early County recovered, but lost
23 yards on the play.
After a punt, the Indians took over at midfield with 9:22 left to go in the
Charlton County went to the ground game, and two plays later, the Indians were
inside the Bobcat 20. After a first down, Charlton County faced a fourth down
and a long three to get to the endzone.
Dasher pitched right to Walker, and he decided to cut it back into the teeth of
the Bobcat defense. Walker didn't make it, and Early County took over on its own
Taylor came out firing, and hit the same 22 yard seam route he hit on the
previous possession. Another completion, and the Early County faithful were
rocking with 5:15 left in the game.
D.J. Donley had his sights set on another State Championship though, and he made
consecutive big plays including an interception on the Bobcat 40. Charlton took
over with a little over four minutes left in the game.
Charlton County ran three straight plays and faced a fourth and one on the Early
County 31. The Bobcats used their first time out of the second half. The Indians
went for it, and this time they converted as Walker picked up a good seven yards
and was close to breaking it.
On a third down with 2:37 left, Walker did break it. Walker took the ball up the
middle and sprinted to the endzone for a 13-6 lead. An encroachment penalty on
the PAT gave Charlton the chance to for two. Walker made the Bobcats pay for
their mistake as he leaped in to the endzone to put the Indians up 15-6 with
2:31 left in the game.
Early County made a valiant effort to come back, but it came up short as
Taylor's pass to the endzone was intercepted.
Charlton County advances to the State Finals to try for their third straight
State Championship in what looks like the most intriguing matchup of the
finals.... Charlton County vs Dublin.
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2nd Half Video
First Half Scoring Highlights
Player of the Game:
D.J. Donley - Charlton County
Indians Come Back against Bobcats - VIDEO
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