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Chargers host Panthers Friday

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex High School varsity football team ran into a “no arm tackling offense” Friday night as the West Point Pointers ran over the Chargers 56-23.

Over the course of the game the Pointers amassed a total of 542 yards of total offense, 461 on the ground. West Points’ Jared Lawson ran for 212 yards and Noah Lawson had 133 yards.

The Chargers offense was paced by Raquan Marshall who scored 2 touchdowns. His first was with 5:55 left in the second quarter on a 4-yard run. The touchdown was set up by a 62-yard kick-off return by Demetre South.

After the Chargers kick offed, the Pointers fumbled and Middlesex got the ball right back. R. Marshall scored again with 3:36 in the second quarter on a 10-yard run and Jack Ruark made good on both extra points.

At that point, West Point had already scored 26 points. With momentum shifting to the Chargers things appeared promising but West Point’s Lopear Burrell completed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Tykil Shaw and with the good extra point made the score 33-14 at half-time.

Middlesex got the ball on the opening kick-off of the second half. The Chargers put together some offense and got the ball to about West Point’s 35 yard line. Ruark kicked a 44-yard field goal—the longest of his career. The ball cleared the bar by at least 10 feet and dead center through the bar.

West Point continued to roll and scored three more touchdowns before Ryan Smith scored on a 10-yard run with 2:14 left in the game. The 2-point conversion attempt failed and the final score was 56-23.

The Chargers had 150 yards of total offense. MHS had 102 yards rushing and 48 yards in the air. Middlesex had 12 first downs, eight rushing, one passing and three from penalties—compared to West Point’s 26 first downs, 20 rushing, four passing and two from penalties.
Charger quarterback Logan Snyder completed 6 passes for 48 yards and had one interception. R. Marshall had 11 carries for 54 yards; Snyder, 6 carries for 22 yards; and Smith, 8 carries, 19 yards.

On the receiving end, Deandre Jessie caught a 35-yard pass; R. Marshall, 3 catches, 10 yards; and Carlos Marshall, 2 receptions for 3 yards.

On defense Elijah Darnell continues to be the top tackler on the team. Darnell had 8 solo tackles and 2 assists; South, 5 solos, 3 assists; Smith, 6 solos, one assist; Dylan Wells, 6 solos, one assist; Stefan Coleman, 4 solos, one assist; Justin Newman, 2 solos, 2 assists; Landon Norwood, 2 solos, one assist; Jaden Reed, one solo, 2 assists; Thomas Hamilton, one solo, 2 assists; C. Marshall, 2 solos; Matt Hart, 2 solos; Jordan Blake, one solo, one assist; and Cameron Morgan, 2 assists.
Kicker J. Ruark scored 5 points and punted the ball four times for 152 yards, averaging 38 yards a kick.

The Chargers (3-3) will take on the Charles City Panthers at the Syd Thrift Athletic Complex at MHS this Friday, October 13, at 6 p.m.

posted 10.11.2017

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