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Franklin rallies past MHS

From left, Middlesex High defenders Willie Holmes, Chuckie Morris and Scott Payne bring down a Franklin ball carrier in last Friday’s 36-16 Bronco win. (Photos by Tom Hardin)
by Larry S. Chowning

Middlesex jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first three minutes, but could not hold off defending State Group A Division 1 football champion Franklin last Friday night at MHS in Saluda. The Broncos won the non-district game 36-16.

The Chargers got on the scoreboard after holding Franklin on its first set of downs. The Bronco long snapper sailed the ball over the head of the punter and he was forced to recover the ball in his own end zone for a safety.

On the next set of downs, Middlesex drove the ball into the end zone on three plays for 35 yards. The big play in the drive was a 22-yard run by MHS tailback Dale Smith. Craig Conley scored the Charger touchdown on a 4-yard run and Tayvon Morning ran for 2-point conversion.

With 12:51 to play in the first quarter the Chargers led 10-0 and their fans were fired up.

Franklin didn’t rattle. After the ensuing kickoff the Broncos marched 85 yards for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion attempt was stopped and MHS led 10-6.

In the second quarter, the defending state champions took charge of the game with three touchdowns.

Middlesex helped the Broncos’ cause by fumbling two kickoffs, which led to easy Franklin touchdowns. By halftime, Franklin had control of the game with a 24-10 lead.

Middlesex High wingback Malcolm Holmes fights for yardage against Franklin.
Franklin continued to dominate on offense and defense in the third period with two more touchdowns for a 36-10 lead. 

The MHS defense stopped the Broncos on all six of their 2-point conversion attempts.

Middlesex scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter after recovering a Bronco fumble. Dale Smith scored on a 10-yard touchdown run to make the final score 36-16.

Franklin finished the game with 276 rushing yards and 71 passing yards.

Middlesex had 153 rushing yards and 57 passing yards. Chuckie Morris completed 3 passes. Matt Duke caught a 42-yard pass, Davon Bryant caught a 14-yard pass and Malcolm Holmes caught a 1-yard pass.

Smith carried the ball 14 times for 81 yards; Jeremy Rich had 8 carries for 43 yards; M. Holmes, 5 carries for 20 yards; Conley, 1 carry for 4 yards; and Raheem Lockley, 1 carry for 5 yards.

The Chargers (1-2) will play Rappahannock High School in Warsaw at 7 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 2, in a non-district game. 

posted 09.30.2009

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