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At 4-1, Chargers off to best start since state championship season

Open district play Friday at West Point

by Tom Hardin
and Larry Chowning

With a 41-0 win over Northampton last Friday, the Middlesex High School football team is now 4-1 on the season—its best start since the 1993 state championship team of Coach Bill Garbett.

In that magical year of 1993, Middlesex won its first six games and went on to claim the Division I Group A State Title—the only state football championship in school history.

This year’s team is different than the 1993 MHS squad, which was experienced, very big on both the defensive and offensive lines, and deep in talent.

The 2013 Chargers are inexperienced, small, low on depth and rely on several first-year varsity players to make it go. However, this year’s team also has tremendous speed, athleticism, and a discipline not seen from a MHS football team in recent years.

What makes the 4-1 start this year under veteran coach Billy Jarvis, who is in his first year at MHS, even more impressive is that all the wins have come on the road. Due to the current construction of the Syd Thrift Athletic Complex at MHS, the 2013 Chargers will never play before a home crowd this season.

Middlesex’s only loss was by a mere one point (13-12) to undefeated Rappahannock.

The meat of the Chargers’ schedule looms as they begin Tidewater District play. West Point and King William have dominated the district in recent years and are heavy favorites again this year. The Chargers visit West Point (4-1) this Friday for a 6:30 p.m. game, and visit King William on October 25. Both games will be real tests for Coach Jarvis’ team.

The Chargers will visit Tidewater District powerhouse West Point (4-1) this Friday, October 11, at West Point. The game time has been changed from 7 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The records of other area teams are: Rappahannock 5-0; Franklin 5-0; Sussex 5-0; Essex 4-1; King William 3-2; Northumberland 3-2; Lancaster 3-2; Surry 3-2; Colonial Beach 2-3; Washington & Lee 2-3; Charles City 0-5; King & Queen 0-5; Mathews 0-5; and Northampton 0-6.

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posted 10.09.2013

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