Chargers play at Lunenburg Friday
|Middlesex quarterback Kyle Lawson (8) rolls out to pass as JD Diggs (#3), Shakim Paige (#33), Zach Belcher (#50) and Justin Mott (#55) block and provide pocket protection. The Chargers crushed Mathews 63-7. (Photo by Larry Chowning)|
Scorch Blue Devils 63-7
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex High varsity football team crushed Mathews 63-7 last Thursday to finish the regular season with a 4-6 record.
The Chargers are ranked 14th in the Group A, Division I, Eastern Division playoffs and will play at third-ranked Lunenburg Central High this Friday, November 9, at 7 p.m. Lunenburg, which is near Victoria, is 9-1. Also nicknamed the Chargers, Lunenburg’s only loss this season was to powerhouse Goochland.
Against Mathews, Middlesex’s dynamic running duo of JD Diggs and Ryheem Lockley rushed for a combined 348 yards. Diggs rushed for 177 and scored a touchdown, while Lockley had 171 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Quarterback Kyle Lawson rushed for 64 yards on 4 carries and scored a rushing touchdown. Shakim Paige rushed for 49 yards on 2 carries and scored a touchdown.
Lawson also completed 7 of 12 passes for 75 yards. Lockley caught 3 passes for 46 yards and one touchdown; Cullen Johnson caught 2 passes for 22 and one touchdown; and Andre Campbell caught 2 passes for 7 yards.
Middlesex’s Barron Lawson rushed for a touchdown and had 3 solo tackles.
Lockley and Zach Belcher each had 5 solo tackles. Chance Mills had 3 solo tackles. With 2 tackles each were Diggs, Devante Robertson, Campbell, Justin Mott and Kaleb Wake. Johnson had one tackle.
The only score by the Blue Devils came in the second quarter on a tipped pass that was caught by a wide receiver and taken to the end zone.
“I was glad to send the seniors out with that type of win,” said Middlesex head coach Josh Franke. “It was a great feeling and I’m so proud of the team. It was a team win. We have come a long ways.”
For the season, Lockley and Diggs both went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark. Diggs ran for 1,058 and Lockley rushed for 1,017 over the 10-game schedule. Lockley caught 26 passes for 522 yards; Diggs caught 14 passes for 261 yards; Campbell caught 14 passes for 223 yards; and Johnson caught 10 passes for 128 yards.
Lawson passed for 1,227 yards and had 73 completions. As a team, the Chargers rushed for a total of 2,406 yards, averaging 8.46 yards a carry, and had a total offense of 3,633 yards on the ground and through the air.
Belcher led the defense with 74 tackles over the season. Diggs had 46 tackles and Lockley had 43. Justin Mott and Brett Carter had 26 tackles apiece, and Terry Reed had 23.