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Chargers stun Lancaster 32-23

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Middlesex High School sophomore quarterback Mar’ques Holmes (right) speeds past a Lancaster defender in the Chargers’ 32-23 win Friday night at Lancaster. Holmes ran for 4 touchdowns and 200 yards in the victory. (Photo by Lisa Valdrighi)

Former coach Billy Jarvis was greeted with smiles on his return to Lancaster High last Friday night until the fourth quarter when fans started to frown. Jarvis returned to LHS as Middlesex High’s new head coach and his Chargers gave the Red Devils more than they could handle in a 32-23 MHS win. 

Jarvis left Lancaster seven years ago after a successful run and went to Warhill High School in Williamsburg. He returned to Group A coaching this fall and took over a struggling Charger program. Middlesex High, which has broken ground on a new athletic complex, is playing all of its 10 games on the road this season. 

Mar’ques Holmes rushed for 200 yards on 27 carries and scored two TDs in a fourth-quarter comeback for the Chargers, which improved to 2-1 on the season.

Holmes completed 8 of 23 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown in the game, and ran for 4 touchdowns.

MHS running back Robert Drewry rushed for 93 yards on 11 carries.

Joesph Cockrell kicked two extra points for MHS.

Three Lancaster turnovers aided the Chargers as Brett Carter intercepted a pass and James Williams recovered two fumbles. D’Angelo King had 13 unassisted tackles and Zach Halstead had 7 unassisted tackles.

“It was a great back and forth game,” said MHS athletic director Matt Stamm. “We are also playing real clean football and are not having a great deal of penalties or turnovers.”

The loss was Lancaster’s first of the season as the Devils dropped to 2-1.

Offensively, MHS had 410 total yards and LHS had 347. Gibson led the Devils with 170 yards on 19 carries and 2 TDs.

D’Angelo King had 6 catches for the Chargers for 86 yards and a conversion. 

Middlesex (2-1) will visit Northumberland at 7 p.m. this Friday, September 27.

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posted 09.25.2013

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