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Chargers open at Mathews Friday

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Seniors on the Middlesex High School varsity football team include, front from left, Gregory Robinson, Brett Carter, Robert Drewry, Kaleb Wake, Devante Robertson, Hughes Nelson, RJ Bibee and Justin Mott. Standing, from left, are coaches Doug Saul, defensive line; Lee Anderson, offensive and defensive line; Billy Jarvis, head coach; Jason Williams, offensive and defensive backs; and Jack Callis equipment and line. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex High School Chargers football team will take the field at Mathews this Friday, September 6, for its 2013 season opener.

Billy Jarvis, who has 34 years of experience of coaching, is the Chargers new head coach this year. Jarvis was head coach at Lancaster for six years and most recently was the coach of Warhill for five years. This is the eighth head coaching position for Jarvis, who also served as the defensive coordinator of the Richmond Raiders indoor football team last spring.

The Chargers have only two starters on defense and three starters on offense returning from last year’s 4-6 squad. “We’ve got a whole new show this season as we graduated a large number of seniors and we had some kids who decided not to play,” said Jarvis. 

Seniors include Robert Drewry, Brett Carter, Devante Robertson, Hughes Nelson, Kaleb Wake, Gregory Robinson, RJ Bibee, and Justin Mott.

Other Chargers on the varsity roster, some of whom are also playing junior varsity, include Stephen Skelton, Andre Campbell, Shakeim Paige, Mar’ques Holmes, D’Angelo King, James Williams, DeAundre Briggs, Shawn Bristow, Zack Bristow, Will Callis, Joseph Cockrell, Nick Dixon, Will Fochtmann, Dracey Greenwood, Trevone Hooks, Matthew Horne, Sean Johnson, Jamal Jones, Jalen Morris, Jahvon Noray, Carnell Bagby, Ja’Mel Reed, Leke Robinson, Andre Johnson and Cameron Wells.

“The team has been working hard,” Jarvis said. “We’ve had to spend a lot of time here at the start teaching them how to practice. I think that was the biggest challenge . . . teaching them how to practice hard and that they had to come to practice every day.

“I tell them that the way we measure ourselves is by asking ourselves ‘Are the King William and West Point players at practice right now?’ If the kids from King William can’t miss practice then we can’t miss practice, and we have to work just as hard as they do,” said Jarvis.

Middlesex played Essex and New Kent in scrimmages. “We lost them both but I was very pleased with the way we played,” said Jarvis.

The Chargers will not play any home games this season because of the current construction of the Syd Thrift Sports Complex. MHS’s first game will be a non-district contest at Mathews on Friday at 7 p.m.

2013 Schedule
September 6 at Mathews, 7 p.m.
September 13 at Rapp’k, 7 p.m.
September 20 at Lancaster, 7 p.m.
September 27 at North’d, 7 p.m.
October 4 at Northampton, 7 p.m.
October 11 at West Point, 7 p.m.
October 18 at Charles City, 7 p.m.
October 25 at King William, 7 p.m.
October 31 at Kg. & Queen, 7 p.m.
November 8 at Mathews, 7 p.m.

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posted 09.04.2013

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