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Chargers run wild in 40-6 win over Jackets

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Middlesex wingback Chris Chamberlain races toward an opening in Friday night’s 40-6 victory over Northampton. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry S. Chowning

A sweet homecoming it was at MHS in Saluda Friday night.

In front of a big homecoming crowd on a gorgeous night, the Middlesex High School varsity football team crushed the Northampton High Yellow Jackets 40-6 to improve to 3-4 on the season.

Yellow Jacket defenders were all over Middlesex’s Dale Smith, but the hard hitting running back just would not go down on the first or second hits. Smith averaged 8 yards per carry and racked up 184 yards on 23 totes. He scored 4 touchdowns.

The Chargers dominated the first quarter scoring 20 points. The first score came after a 4-play, 84-yard drive with Smith scoring on a 15-yard run. During that set of downs, Smith ran for 69 yards. Stone Shores kicked the extra point to give MHS a 7-0 lead.

Smith scored his second TD with 3:15 left in the first quarter on a 4-yard run, and he scored his third TD with 15 seconds left in the quarter on a 2-yard run. This scoring drive was set up by a fumble recovery by Craig Conley.

In the third quarter, Smith scored again on a 4-yard run and Shores kicked the extra point. The drive was set up by running back Chris Chamberlain, who had 53 yards on 4 carries in the drive.

Conley scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The first came on an 8-yard carry. Jeremy Webb and Conley spearheaded the drive. Webb had 23 yards on 2 carries, and Conley had 38 yards on 6 carries in the drive.

The final score for the Chargers came with 1:16 left in the game when Conley scored on a 6-yard run and Shores kicked the extra point to give the Chargers the 40-6 win.

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Northampton’s only TD came on a 22-yard pass play that capped an 8-play, 79-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter.

Conley averaged 9 yards a carry rushing with 94 yards on 11 carries, and Chamberlain had 48 yards on 6 carries. Webb had 23 yards on 2 carries. 

Jeremy Rich carried the ball once for 11 yards. Kris Baylor had 7 yards on 2 carries; Malcolm Holmes, 5 yards, 2 carries; Willie Holmes, 5 yards, 2 carries; Chuckie Morris, 3 yards, 2 carries; and Avery Bundy, 3 yards, 1 carry.

Middlesex (0-1, 3-4) will travel to powerful King William (1-0, 5-2) to take on the Cavaliers in a Tidewater District game this Friday, October 30, at 7 p.m. On Thursday, Nov. 5, the Chargers will host King and Queen in the Oyster Bowl at MHS (see story, page B10).

West Point, ranked fifth in the state, continues to lead the Tidewater District with a 2-0 record and is 8-0 overall. Mathews is 1-1 in district play and 4-4 overall. King and Queen is 0-2 in district play and 1-7 overall.

posted 10.28.2009

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