Spring swing football: New coach Murray knows expectations at Charlton County

Longtime assistant takes over for McWhorter in Folkston

FOLKSTON, Ga.NewsJax’s high school football Spring Swing continues daily throughout spring practice across the First Coast. Today, we’ll take a quick look at Charlton County.

Russ Murray knows the history at Charlton County. He’s been a part of it for a long, long time. 

He knows that replacing longtime coach Rich McWhorter is going to be a tough assignment — taking over for a coaching legend is never easy — but it’s one that he’s well-prepared for.

As far as keeping the continuity at Charlton, the Indians couldn’t have done much better. Murray started at Charlton in 1995 and served across a number of positions in that span, from middle school to assistant head coach. 

McWhorter won three outright state titles and shared another with Dublin after 13-all tie in the 2006 title game. Murray was around for all of them. 

“There’s pressure, we want to keep this ship going,” Murray said. “Luckily, I was with him through 24 of those years, I like to hope I played a little part in that. Of course, he was the captain. … Some things are going to look the same, but there’s going to be a lot of changes. I’ve got to put our spin on it, or basically the kids’ spin on it.”

Just what type of football history is up in Charlton County? A lot of it. 

When McWhorter resigned last December to take the head coaching position at Jackson County, it marked the close of a chapter in area football history.


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