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Holmes blisters Indians with 4 TDs, 227 yards

Chargers improve to 3-1 with 28-20 win

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Members of the Middlesex High School varsity football team are, front from left, Robert Lemon, Devante Robertson and Brett Carter; second row, Andre Campbell, Zach Halstead, RJ Bibee, James Williams, Robert Drewry, Gregory Robinson, Joseph Cockrell and Hughes Nelson; and third row, Mar’quez Holmes, D’Angelo King, William Callis, Matt Horne, Shawn Bristow, Kaleb Wake, Justin Mott, and Stephen Skelton. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex High School varsity football team raised its record to 3-1 last Friday by defeating the Northumberland Indians 28-20 at Heathsville.

The Chargers’ defense picked up momentum in the second half of the game and held the Indians scoreless after intermission. Northumberland (2-2) was ahead at halftime 20-14, but MHS scored 14 points in the second half to come away with the win.

Sophomore quarterback Mar’ques Holmes scored 4 touchdowns for the Chargers and Joseph Cockrell completed Middlesex’s scoring by kicking 4 extra points.

Holmes’ first TD came at the 10:18 mark in the first quarter on an 8-yard run, and he scored his second touchdown less than two minutes later on a two yard run to give MHS a 14-0 lead.

Northumberland came right back and scored with 7:26 left in the first quarter on a 75-yard pass, and also tallied the 2-point conversion to cut the Charger lead to 14-8.

Later in the first half, the Indians scored on a 7-yard run to tie the game 14-14. The conversion attempt failed.

With 16 seconds left in the half, Northumberland went ahead 20-14 with a TD. Again, the conversion attempt failed.

Holmes scored on a 2-yard run with 4:51 left in the third quarter to tie the score 20-20. Cockrell kicked the extra point to put MHS ahead 21-20.

Holmes iced the game with an 18-yard touchdown run with 2:40 left in the game. Cockrell kicked the extra point to make the final score 28-20.

Holmes ran for 227 yards on 27 carries, averaging 8.41 yards a carry. Halfback Robert Drewry carried the ball 12 times for 16 yards and D’Angelo King had 9 yards on 3 carries.

Holmes also completed 6 passes for 42 yards. Wide receiver Brett Carter caught 4 passes for 26 yards and King caught 2 passes for 16 yards.

Carter paced the defense with 10 unassisted tackles; Devante Robertson and King had six unassisted stops; Zach Halstead had 4; and Steve Skelton made 3 unassisted tackles.

Shakim Paige recovered a fumble on defense and Drewry intercepted a pass.

“We are very excited about the way the football team is playing,” said MHS athletic director Matt Stamm. “We’ve got the toughest schedule in the league with all of our games being away.”

The Chargers will travel to Northampton (0-4) on the Eastern Shore for a 7 p.m. game this Friday, October 4.

posted 10.02.2013

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