Chargers fall to Red Devils, 48-14
|Middlesex Charger quarterback Kyle Lawson (8) gets off a pass under pressure from a Lancaster High defensive player Friday night at LHS. (Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi)|
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex High School varsity football record fell to 1-1 Friday as the Chargers lost, 48-14, to a powerful Lancaster High School team.
“You can’t make mistakes against a team like Lancaster and expect to win,” said Charger head coach Josh Franke. “Lancaster is ranked in the top five teams in Region A. They are a good team.”
The Chargers fumbled twice inside Lancaster’s 20 yard line and both times the Red Devils punched the ball in for scores. MHS also had two touchdowns called back because of penalties.
Offensively, the Chargers were paced by JD Diggs, Ryheem Lockley and Kyle Lawson. At running back, Diggs continues to show his ability as he rushed for 115 yards, averaging 7.9 yards a carry.
Lockley scored the Chargers’ two touchdowns. He scored on a 21-yard run and caught a 51-yard pass from Lawson for his second score. He also rushed for 40 yards. Thomas Fisher kicked the two extra points for the Chargers.
Lawson aired it out against the Red Devils. The MHS quarterback completed 19 passes for 314 yards. He completed 60 percent of his passes.
Lockley was the top receiver, catching three passes for 84 yards. Cullen Johnson had a catch for 16 yards and Diggs had a catch for 8 yards.
Devante Robertson had 13 yards on two carries and Paige Shakim carried the ball three times for 10 yards.
Defensively, Zach Belcher and Diggs paced MHS with eight solo tackles apiece. Brett Carter had six solo tackles and Marshal Shermer and Steve Skelton had four apiece.
“We missed a lot of tackles on defense, but they are a very fast and quick team,” said Franke.
Tomorrow night the Chargers have their first home game of the season against Rappahannock. The game starts at 7 p.m.
“Rappahannock is a very good team but not as quick as Lancaster,” said Franke. “They are more of a power team, like Mathews.”
The Chargers beat Mathews two weeks ago in their opening game of the season.