Tifton Gazette


December 3, 2013

Lee has made big difference for Charlton

TIFTON — With a 75 yard touchdown run Nov. 8 against the Irwin County Indians, Charlton County Indian sophomore running back Andrew Lee introduced himself to south Georgia high school football.

Missing most of the year with an injury, Lee did not play but in three games of the regular season. In those three games he rushed for 273 yards on 36 carries, an average of 7.6 yards per rush. Remarkably, playing in just those three games, Lee led the Charlton Tribe in rushing on the year.

Since that Nov. 8 game against Irwin, Lee has exploded in the playoffs.

He rushed for 332 yards on 27 carries in Charlton’s opening round 35-21 win over Commerce. Lee then turned around and gained 169 yards on 14 carries last Friday in Charlton’s 42-0 win over previously unbeaten Seminole.

After rushing for 501 yards on 41 carries — a 12.2 yard per carry average — in the playoffs, Lee returns Friday to where he “debuted,” Ocilla and Indian Field.

After losing 29-26 back in November, Charlton comes back to Ocilla for a rematch Friday against the Irwin County Indians in the state Class A public school semifinals.

With a strong passing game for the season that saw starter Trae Harrington throw for 1,404 yards during the regular season, Lee has given opposing defenses another thing to worry about in the Charlton Indian arsenal.

“He has given them the ability to run the ball,” said Irwin coach Jon Lindsey. “He is an incredible back and we are going to have a tough time trying to tackle him.”

Lindsey said the Indians have had a good week of practice in preparations for Friday night.

The practice will help, because, “It’s going to be an extremely tough game for us,” said Lindsey.

Friday’s game will be the first time the Irwin Indians have hosted a state semifinal game since 1975, a 16-15 win over Mary Persons. They also hosted in 1973, falling to Mount de Sales, 28-7; and 1972, falling to MItchell County, 29-6.

Game time Friday is at 8 p.m. in Ocilla.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

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    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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