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.