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Chargers crush K&Q; host Mathews Friday

Members of the Middlesex High School football team include, front from left, Corey Keeling, Sean Sutherlin, Davonne Bryant, Jasper Smith, Jeremy Webb and Donovan Jones; second row, Chuckie Morris, Michael Kiku, Joseph Banks, Kris Baylor, Willy Holmes, Malcom Holmes and Jay Bryant; third row, Skyler Sibley, Jeremy Rich, Markus Hammond, Chris Chamberlain, Scott Payne, Bryan Engle and Brandon Eanes; and fourth row, Ryan Dixson, Craig Conley, Malik Henderson, Tayvon Morning, Matt Duke, Raheem Lockley, Stone Shores and Jacob Pender. (Photo by Larry Chowning)
by Larry S. Chowning

The Middlesex High School varsity football team defeated King and Queen 42-20 on November 5 in the annual Oyster Bowl at MHS in Saluda.

The Chargers were paced by senior Dale Smith who rushed for 213 yards and scored 4 touchdowns. Smith now has over 1,100 rushing yards on the season.

King and Queen scored first on a 9-yard touchdown run. The extra point conversion failed and the Tigers led 6-0. 

Middlesex’s first touchdown came with 1:58 remaining in the first quarter. The touchdown was set up by a 30-yard kick return by Jasper Smith. The score came on a 30-yard touchdown run by D. Smith. Charger freshman Stone Shores kicked the extra point and MHS led 7-6.

The Chargers scored in the second quarter when Kris Baylor crossed the goal line on a 12-yard run. Shores kicked the extra point and MHS led 14-6.

King and Queen responded with a 90 yard kick-off return for a touchdown. The Tigers added the 2-point conversion to tie the game 14-14.

D. Smith came right back for Middlesex with a 63-yard touchdown run, and Shores again kicked the extra point for a 21-14 MHS lead.

In the final minute of the second quarter, King and Queen was unsuccessful on a fake punt and MHS got possession at the Tigers 20 yard line. With 26 seconds on the clock, Smith scored a touchdown on an 8 yard carry. Shores delivered his fourth extra point to give MHS a 28-14 halftime lead.

Both teams were scoreless in the third quarter.

At the start of the fourth quarter, Middlesex defensive standout Malik Henderson intercepted a pass and ran the ball back 40 yards for a touchdown. Shores kicked the extra point to make the score 35-14.

With 6:53 left in the game, Sean Sutherlin intercepted a pass and set up a 16-yard touchdown run by D. Smith. Shores kicked his sixth extra point to push the MHS lead to 42-14.

King and Queen answered with a 16-yard touchdown run. The 2-point conversion attempt failed and the game ended with a 42-20 MHS win.

The Chargers (1-2, 4-5) will play its final regular season game this Friday, November 13, on “Senior Night” against the Mathews Blue Devils. The game starts at 7 p.m. at Middlesex High. The Chargers have 15 seniors on this year’s team.

posted 11.12.2009

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