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CCS JVs down MHS JVs in ‘battle of the offenses’

Members of the Middlesex High School junior varsity football team are, front row from left, Kenneth Beam, Nick Parker, Wyatt Brown, Jacob Marx, Colby Mitchem, Cole Stamm, Davion Washington, and Alex Bullock; second row, Casey Jones, Matt Hart, Avont Nelson, Sha’King Stokes, Damarkus Key, Jo’Mari Gonzalez, and Alex Crittenden; back row, coach David Scott, coach Bob Boxley, Chris Lindsey, Cole Ruark, Sean Domalik, KJ Brooks, Isaiah Burse, Brody Taylor, coach Mike Reed, and head coach Aaron Dodge. The JV Chargers will host Mathews on Monday, October 31, in their final game of the season. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Larry Chowning

For those who like to watch offensive fireworks on the gridiron, the place to be was last week’s game between the junior varsity teams of Middlesex High School and Christchurch School (CCS) at MHS in Saluda.

The Seahorses won 56-44 behind a powerful running game.

The Seahorses scored first on a 18-yard touchdown run and 2-point conversion. Christchurch scored again on a 45-yard touchdown pass to up its lead to 16-0.

“I was very proud of the way that our team (Middlesex) came out to perform against a much more experienced Christchurch team,” said JV Charger coach Aaron Dodge.

“We had a little slow start to the game going down 16 points but fought back into it,” said Dodge. “A few miscues on our part and big plays by Christchurch down the stretch were too much for us to overcome.” 

Middlesex’s first touchdown came when JoMari Gonzalez threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Burse. Matt Hart ran for the 2-point conversion to cut the CCS lead to 16-8.

Christchurch came right back in the final minute of the first quarter to score on a 16-yard TD pass, but missed the extra point, to up its lead to 22-8.

In the second quarter MHS scored on a 56-yard TD run by Burse and a 2-point conversion on a pass from Hart to Burse to close the gap to 22-16.

The Chargers took the lead when Burse connected on a 22-yard touchdown pass to Hart. Davion Washington ran for the 2-point conversion to give Middlesex a 24-22 lead.

Christchurch came right back to take the lead at the end of the half on a 7-yard touchdown run. The 2-point conversion failed and the Seahorses led 28-24 at the half.

At the start of the third quarter Middlesex took the lead back on a 35-yard touchdown run by Damarkus Key. The conversion failed but the Chargers were up 30-28.

Christchurch took the lead back on the next set of downs on a 38-yard TD run. The conversion failed and Christchurch was up 34-30.

The lead see-sawed back and forth as Burse scored on a 2-yard run for Middlesex and also ran in for the 2-point conversion for a 38-34 Charger lead.

Christchurch countered on a 1-yard touchdown to go into the fourth quarter with a 40-38 lead.

Burse scored the Chargers’ final touchdown on a 1-yard run for a 44-40 MHS lead.

The Seahorses scored on a 4-yard run and made the 2-point conversion to take a 48-44 lead. Christchurch’s defense capped an exciting game with a 95-yard interception return and made the conversion to make the final score 56-44.

posted 10.26.2016

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