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New era in MHS sports begins on winning note

Chargers down Mathews 21-14

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Middlesex High School quarterback Robert Lemon (right) pulls away from a Mathews defender to score the first touchdown on the Boxley-Bristow Football Field at the new Syd Thrift Athletic Complex last Friday night. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

The Middlesex High School (MHS) Chargers football team won their opening game at the new Syd Thrift Athletic Complex at MHS in Saluda Friday night, 21-14 over archrival Mathews.

NEXT GAME: Friday, September 12, at 7 p.m. versus Rappahannock at Syd Thrift Sports Complex

The night was abuzz with excitement as 1,200 people came out to see the historic first game played on the new Charger football field.

The Chargers did not let their fans down.

The game came down to the final seconds with Mathews on the MHS two yard line. The Chargers held, and the game was supposed to end when the clock ran out and the Blue Devils were on the one yard line. A penalty was called on the final play, however, giving Mathews another shot at the end zone. The Middlesex defensive line rose to the occasion and kept the Blue Devils from the end zone.

Middlesex will host Rappahannock High School at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 12, at the Syd Thrift Athletic Complex. The theme for the game is “Blue Out,” and everyone attending the game is asked to wear a blue shirt.

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posted 09.10.2014

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