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Devils rally past MHS 30-18

Middlesex wingback Malcolm Ward (#5) throws a 37-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Hammond in Friday night’s 30-18 loss at Lancaster. (Photo by Brad Bess)

by Larry S. Chowning

The Middlesex High School varsity football team dropped its second straight game of the season as Lancaster beat the Chargers Friday night 30-18 on the Red Devils’ home field.

“We played an exciting football game, but you like to end up on the winning side of those,” said MHS coach Heath Cockerham. “Statistically, we kicked them all over the field, but they hit three long passes that did us in.”

LHS averaged 1.9 yards per carry on the ground and passed for 205 yards. Middlesex had 12 first downs and converted 5 third down plays. Between four running backs, MHS had 40 carries for 260 yards for 7.1 yards a carry. The Chargers also had 95 yards in the air.

“Our defensive line really stepped up from Monday night but our defensive backs are young and inexperienced and that cost us,” said Cockerham. “They are getting better every week.”

Lancaster jumped to a 6-0 lead with 3:17 left in the first quarter.

Middlesex scored on the next set of downs on only two plays. Charger running back Malcolm Ward scored on a 65-yard run. The extra point failed and the score was tied 6-6.

With 1:13 left in the first quarter, Lancaster came roaring back and scored its second touchdown. The missed extra point made the score 12-6.

At the start of the second quarter, Lancaster scored on a 81-yard pass play to up its lead to 18-6. 

Middlesex answered with two scores in the second quarter to tie the game 18-18. The first MHS touchdown came on a 30-yard pass from Chuckie Morris to Sean Lee. The Chargers second TD of the quarter came with 3:28 left in the half when Ward connected on a 37-yard pass play to Marcus Hammond.

The game was tied 18-18 going into the fourth quarter but Lancaster would go on to score two touchdowns for a 30-18 lead. Middlesex fumbled the ball with 7:58 left in the game on the 12-yard line.

Lancaster capitalized by scoring on a 12-yard pass play. Lancaster then scored with 58 seconds to play on a 30-yard pass.

Ward rushed for 105 yards on 12 carries. Sean Lee had 91 yards on 11 carries, and Nigel Rich rushed for 56 yards on 16 carries. Morris had 5 completions for 58 yards. Ward’s 37-yard pass completion resulted in a touchdown.

The Red Devils are now 2-1 with wins over Middlesex and Charles City. Lancaster’s one loss was to the Northumberland Indians. Middlesex is now 0-2 with loses to the Red Devils and Mathews.

The Chargers will host Sussex Central (0-2) this Friday night, September 19, in the Annual Oyster Bowl. A trophy will be presented to the winning team. The game will start at 7 p.m.

Sussex’s losses were 52-0 to William Campbell, and to 14-8 to Brunswick. 

posted 09.18.2008

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