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)|
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.