Chargers tame Panthers; visit King William Friday
by Larry Chowning
With a 28-12 victory over Charles City last Friday night, the Middlesex High School varsity football team improved its record to 5-2. The Chargers are currently ranked 12th in the Virginia Division 1A football standings.
MHS quarterback Marques Holmes rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown in the victory to push his season total to 1,047 yards. Holmes leads the Tidewater District in rushing and touchdowns. He is averaging 149.5 yards per game and has scored 14 TDs.
In the air, Holmes completed 7 of 17 passes for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns. In the first quarter, Holmes hit Brett Carter on a 42-yard scoring strike and in the second quarter Holmes passed to Robert Drewry for a touchdown.
Shakim Paige scored on a four-yard run in the fourth quarter, and had 35 yards rushing on 11 carries.
D’Angelo King was the leading rusher for the Chargers against Charles City with 108 yards.
Drewry rushed for 60 yards and caught 2 passes for 43 yards. The MHS running back is ranked fifth in rushing in the Tidewater District, averaging about 5 yards a carry.
MHS kicker Joseph Cockrell kicked 2 extra points and Holmes passed to Carter for a 2-point conversion.
Carter caught 2 passes for 42 yards, Andre Campbell caught 2 for 15 yards, and Justin Mott caught a pass for 7 yards.
On defense, Devante Robertson had 6 unassisted tackles; Zach Halstead 5; Steve Skelton 4; James Williams 3; Drewry 2; and Holmes, Greg Robinson, Trevone Hooks, Justin Mott and Kaleb Wake all had one apiece.
Drewry and Campbell each had an interception, and Halstead and Campbell each recovered a fumble.
MHS coach Billy Jarvis said his team played very well. “I understand it has been a while since we had beaten Charles City, so any time you beat someone you haven’t beaten in a while it always makes you feel good.
“It was our fifth win so we are set up to have a chance to have a winning season and have a real good shot at the playoffs,” said Jarvis. “We have three games left and everything depends on those games. We will make the playoffs if we can get another win or two.”
The Chargers (5-2) will play at Tidewater District powerhouse King William (5-2) this Friday at 7 p.m.