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November 11--  The Montgomery County Eagles came up just short in its first playoff appearance in 14 years, falling to the Charlton County Indians 49 – 46 Friday night in “The Swamp” in Folkston.  The Eagles end their season with a 6 – 5 record.

Charlton County won the toss and chose to take the ball before taking their opening possession down the field, scoring on a 6 yard run by Raykwon Anderson to give the Indians the 7 – 0 lead.  Montgomery County answered as they did all night, scoring on a Kris Daniels 1 yard run with 44 seconds remaining in the first quarter.  The snap on the PAT was bad and the Eagles trailed 7 – 6 after the first quarter.

The shootout got into full swing in the second quarter when the Indians scored at the 11:15 mark on a 24 yard pass from QB AJ Bell to Anderson.  The PAT was good, making the score 14 – 6 Charlton County.

With 3:56 before the half, the Eagles tied the game at 14 with another 1 yard run by Daniels followed by a two point conversion.  Just one minute later the Indians struck with a 12 yard pass from Bell to Seaquon Clark to take the lead back 21 – 14. 

Montgomery County had a chance to tie the game with 46 seconds before halftime when Da’quan Jackson ran it in from 21 yards out.  The PAT was unsuccessful again, keeping the Eagles a point shy at 21 – 20.  Charlton Count was not content to end the half that way and got in the last shot before halftime, hitting on a 24 yard touchdown strike from Bell to Anderson again with just 25 seconds remaining.  Their PAT sailed wide right, keeping Montgomery County within 7 points, 27 – 20 at halftime.

The fireworks continued in the second half as Montgomery County tied the game at 27 on a Kris Daniels 5 yard TD run and successful PAT with 7:49 in the third quarter.  The Eagles got a defensive stop, and then took their only lead on the night when Taven Johnson scampered 13 yards on a nice run.  The PAT was good and the Eagles led 34 – 27 with 3:35 remaining in the third quarter.

Indian QB AJ Bell called his own number on a 10 yard run, diving across the goal line with 1:11 left in the third quarter.  A crucial two point conversion was successful when Raykwon Anderson ran right into the corner of the end zone, giving the Indians the lead back 35 – 34.

The hometown Indians extended their lead with 9:01 left in the game as Anderson returned the favor to his quarterback, hitting AJ Bell on a 19 yard TD strike in the left corner of the end zone.  The PAT was successful by Brantley Sloan, extending the lead to 42 – 34 in favor of the Indians.

With 4:47 left in the game, Montgomery County struck again, this time on a 14 yard run by RB Clayton Harvey.  The Eagles went for two to tie the contest but Kris Daniels was driven out of bounds at the one yard line, preserving the 2 point lead for Charlton County 42 – 40.

Indian RB Raykwon Anderson scored his 4th touchdown on the night as he broke through the line outrunning Eagle defenders for a long 60 yard touchdown run with 3:54 left in the game.  Sloan hit the PAT to give Charlton County a two score lead at 49 – 40.

Montgomery County clawed back as they did all night scoring on a Randy Shoemake 1 yard run with 2:21 remaining in the contest.  The PAT hit the upright and fell short, leaving the Eagles three points short at 49 – 46.  Montgomery County kicker Brodie Hardeman tried an onside kick but the Indians recovered.  The Eagle defense held strong for 3 plays but gave up a fourth down pass to the Indians, allowing Charlton County to move the chains and run out the clock, preserving the 49 – 46 win.

With the win Charlton County moves on to round two of the Class A Public State playoffs and will travel to Commerce to face the Tigers on Friday.

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