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Raiders strike quickly; overpower MHS

Middlesex defensive back Leke Robinson (right, front) takes a hit from the Rappahannock quarterback Friday night as Andre Campbell (9) comes up for support. The Raiders defeated the Chargers, 35-7, in a non-Conference 42 game at MHS. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex High School Chargers varsity football team fell to a powerful Rappahannock High School Raiders team Friday night, 35-7, on the Bristow-Boxley football field at MHS in Saluda.

Rappahannock scored all of its points in the first half, including 28 in the second quarter, and led 35-0 at intermission. The Virginia High School League “mercy rule” went into effect in the second half and the clock stopped only for team timeouts.

Middlesex (1-1) scored its lone touchdown in the fourth quarter when MHS quarterback Robert Lemon scored on a 2-yard run with two minutes left in the game. Freshman Jack Ruark kicked the extra point and is now 4 for 4 on conversions this year.

Rappahannock blocked two MHS punts, both of which set up Raider scores.

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posted 09.17.2014

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