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MHS heads to Eastern Shore Friday

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Middlesex’s Ryan Smith carries the ball against a stout Northumberland defense last Friday night. Dylan Wells (#11) is blocking for Smith on the play. Northumberland won 61-0. Middlesex visits Northampton at 7 p.m. this Friday, September 28, for a non-district game. (Photo by Kristee Norwood)

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex High School (MHS) Chargers football team lost 61-0 to the Northumberland Indians on Friday, September 26 at Northumberland.

The Indians blew the Chargers away in the second quarter scoring 28 points. Northumberland dominated the game on offense and defense. The Indians rushed for 319 yards and passed for 123 yards for a total of 442 yards of offense.

Northumberland stopped the Chargers twice for safeties and held MHS to a total of 92 offensive yards. Middlesex had 45 yards rushing and 36 yards in the air.

The Indians rushed 20 times for 319 yards and averaged 16 yards a carry, while MHS had 26 carries and averaged 1.7 yards a carry. The Chargers completed 4 passes in 10 attempts, averaging 11.5 yards a catch, while the Indians caught 5 of 10 passes averaging 24.6 yards a catch.

MHS quarterback Adam Smith completed the passes and also threw 2 interceptions. A. Smith was the top rusher with 37 yards on 12 carries, averaging 3.1 yards a carry. Ryan Smith had 13 carries for 6 yards, averaging 0.5 yards per carry. Wyatt Brown had one catch for 17 yards; Dylan Wells, one catch, 16 yards; and R. Smith, 2 catches for 6.5 yards.

On defense, Brown had 5 solo tackles; Matt Hart, 4 solos; Jaden Reed 3 solos, one sack; A. Smith and Heaven Johannson, 2 solos each; and R. Smith, Cole Ruark, Phillip Hart and Matthew Wilson, one solo tackle each.

A. Smith punted the ball twice for 69 yards, averaging 34.5 yards a kick. A. Smith returned 4 kickoffs for 29 yards, averaging 7.3 yards per return. Johannson caught 2 kickoffs for 20 yards, and R. Smith had one kick-off return for 7 yards.

The Chargers (0-3) will travel to the Eastern Shore of Virginia on Friday, September 28, to the play the Northampton High School Yellow Jackets. The game starts at 7 p.m.

On Friday, October 5, Middlesex will host West Point in its annual homecoming game at 7 p.m. 

posted 09.27.2018

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