Chargers host Pointers in homecoming game Friday
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex High School Chargers football team ran into some stiff competition at Sussex Central Friday night as the Tigers, ranked 3rd in the state, roared to a 74-14 win.
Sussex Central (5-0) ran up a 60-0 score at halftime. Early in the second quarter, the mercy rule kicked in and the clock ran continuously.
MHS rallied in the third quarter, scoring 2 touchdowns and kicking 2 extra points to make the score 68-14. The Tigers scored a touchdown in the final quarter to make the final score 74-14.
Ryheem Lockley rushed for 144 yards on 11 carries and scored 2 touchdowns to lead the Chargers. He averaged 13 yards per carry and had one run of 65 yards. Middlesex’s total offense was 172 yards—all on the ground. MHS star tailback JD Diggs was injured early in the game and did not see much action. He rushed for 24 yards on 6 carries. Thomas Fisher kicked the 2 extra points.
Justin Mott paced the defense with 3 solo tackles. Lockley, Terry Reed, Zach Belcher, Fisher and Kaleb Wake had 2 solo tackles each. On punt returns, Andre Campbell had a 23-yard return and Devante Robertson returned 3 punts for a total of 27 yards.
The Chargers (2-3) will host West Point at 7 p.m. this Friday, October 5, in the MHS homecoming game in Saluda. It will be both teams’ Tidewater District openers.