Middlesex Chargers rout Raiders 35-10
|Middlesex defensive lineman Kaleb Wake (68) drags down Rappahannock’s quarterback during last Friday night’s 35-10 Charger victory. Wake had two solo tackles in the game.|
|Middlesex’s Andre Campbell (right) leaps to make a catch in front of a Rappahannock defender in the Chargers’ 35-10 victory last Friday. (Photos by Larry Chowning)|
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex High football team overwhelmed previously undefeated Rappahannock 35-10 last Friday night in Saluda.
The Chargers played an almost flawless first half both offensively and defensively. MHS scored on all four of its offensive possessions in the half and stopped all Raider drives. At the end of the half, Middlesex was ahead 28-0.
Ryheem Lockley paced Middlesex by scoring three touchdowns—two in the first half and one in the second half. Lockley had a total of 65 rushing yards on 11 carries, and scored the first MHS touchdown on a 15-yard run in the first quarter.
Lockley caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from MHS quarterback Kyle Lawson for the second Charger score.
Lockley tallied his final TD on a 15-yard pass from Lawson in the fourth quarter. The final touchdown iced the game for Middlesex as the Raiders had mounted a comeback with a field goal and touchdown in the third quarter.
The final touchdown to Lockley with 4 minutes remaining in the game brought Charger fans to their feet. With the game out of reach, Rappahannock fans began moving toward the parking lot, a pleasant sight for Middlesex supporters.
Lockley finished with 121 receiving yards on 7 catches.
Lawson and JD Diggs each scored on rushing touchdowns in the first half. Diggs had his third straight 100-yard-plus rushing with 127 yards on 15 carries.
Lawson continued his stellar play at quarterback. He passed for 215 yards on 12 completions in 17 attempts. He rushed for 28 yards on 3 attempts, and threw for 2 touchdowns and rushed for another.
Andre Campbell caught 3 passes for 63 yards, and Cullen Johnson caught 2 passes for 25 yards. Shakim Paige rushed for 18 yards on 2 carries.
Cornerback Robert Drewry paced the defense with 2 pass interceptions, one coming at a critical time when the Raiders were picking up momentum offensively. Drewry returned the 2 interceptions for a total of 40 yards.
Zach Belcher continued to dominate the defensive line. Belcher had 9 solo tackles; Diggs had 6 tackles and 2 quarterback sacks; Justin Mott had an unassisted quarterback sack and 3 solo tackles; Lockley had 6 solo tackles; Terry Reed had 5 tackles; and Steve Skelton and Paige had 3 tackles apiece.
“We sort of let off the gas in the second half,” said Middlesex coach Josh Franke. “But we are not usually ahead 28-0 at halftime either. We are very pleased with the way the kids played.”
The Chargers (2-1) will host Charles City (0-3) this Friday night at MHS in Saluda at 7 p.m.
“Charles City is not going to be an easy game,” said Franke. “They lost to West Point Friday night 37-34, and the Pointers are a real good team.”