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Fast start propels Pointers past MHS

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Middlesex’s Ryheem Lockley (left) stretches to make a catch in Friday’s 54-12 loss to West Point. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry S. Chowning

West Point spoiled the Middlesex High School homecoming football game Friday night by jumping out to a 40-0 first half lead en route to a 54-12 win.

The Pointers seized control of the game early when the Chargers fumbled the opening kickoff giving West Point (6-1) the ball just 15 yards from paydirt. On the first play after the fumble, the Pointers scored and that was the way the rest of the game went too.

“We just can’t keep shooting ourselves in the foot,” said MHS coach Josh Franke. “There were just to many penalties and we can’t afford to make mistakes against a team like West Point.”

The Chargers (0-1, 2-4) were paced by JD Diggs, who rushed for 65 yards on 10 carries. Ryheem Lockley had 49 yards on 9 carries.

In the third quarter, Lockley scored on a 78 yard pass from quarterback Kyle Lawson and Shakim Paige scored on a 7-yard run in the forth quarter for MHS. Both Charger 2-point conversion attempts failed.

Lawson passed for 174 yards on 7 completed passes. Lockley caught 2 passes for 103 yards, and Diggs grabbed 3 passes for 59 yards. 

On defense, Brett Carter led MHS with 6 solo tackles; Zach Daniel and Terry Reed had 5 apiece; Diggs 4; and Mott Justin, Kaleb Wake and Steve Skelton, 2 apiece.

The Chargers will travel to Surry for a 7 p.m. this Friday, October 12.

posted 10.10.2012

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