By RICK NOLTE
Staff Writer
FOLKSTON — It didn’t take long for Brantley County’s growing pains to show Friday night against Charlton County. Just 16 seconds to be exact.
That’s how long it took Keith Harris to return the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and get the Indians started on a 39-0 victory in the season opener for both schools.
That touchdown and another on a kickoff return in the second quarter by Tony Cobb were just two examples of a team with a host of players seeing their first action in a varsity game.
When you factor in pre-season scrimmages where jitters and execution kinks can often be worked out being disallowed this season as well as a talented opponent, the final score wasn’t that surprising.
“You make a lot of these mistakes in a scrimmage,”
Brantley County head coach Geoff Cannon said. “So many of our guys have never done it on a Friday night. Starting a quarterback who’s never started a varsity game on Friday night and five new starters on the offensive line, only one had a single night of varsity experience before and it wasn’t on the line.
“You can see how it was a little tough.”