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Chargers host King William Friday in home finale

Members of the 2016 Middlesex High School varsity football team are, front row from left, Tim Wilson, Deaundre Briggs, Justin Newman, Lynne Burch, Jordan Blake, Thomas Diggs, Alex Fitchett, Cameron Morgan, Jack Ruark, Leke Robinson and Andrew Jenkins; second row, Elijah Darnell, Jacob Delagrange, Ryan Smith, Dylan Wells, Cameron Wells, Cole Radabaugh, Jaden Reed, Carlos Marshall, Logan Snyder, Tommy Comer, Gregory Dungee and Mike Epps; and back row, head coach Billy Jarvis, assistant coach Aaron Dodge, assistant coach Bob Boxley, Ja’Mel Reed, Raquan Marshall, Demetre South, Tanner Johannesen, Thomas Hamilton, assistant coach Lee Anderson, assistant coach Mike Reed, and assistant coach David Scott. The Chargers have three games remaining, and this Friday’s home game against King William will be Senior Night. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Larry Chowning

The Charles City Panthers varsity football team defeated the Middlesex Chargers 60-23 on October 14 in the Panthers’ homecoming game.

The Panthers scored on their first drive on a 27-yard touchdown pass and made the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.

On the Chargers first drive, quarterback Raquan Marshall attempted to pitch the ball to running back Thomas Diggs, but the ball bounced into the hands of Panther safety Justin Thomas who returned the fumble 57 yards for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion was good and CCHS led 16-0.

On the next set of downs, the Chargers used a mix of runs and passes to drive 60 yards, capped by an 11-yard TD pass to wide receiver Demetre South, to cut the Panther lead to 16-8.

The Panthers offense quickly rebounded. After a failed onside kick by Middlesex, Charles City scored on a 38-yard run down the middle of the field to up its lead to 22-8.

R. Marshall scored on a quarterback sneak at the beginning of the second quarter, narrowing the score to 22-16. The Panthers came right back with a score to increase their lead to 30-16, and scored again before halftime to push their lead to 38-16. 

The Chargers’ last score came in the fourth quarter when Cameron Wells scored on a 23-yard running play. The rest of the night was all Charles City as the Panthers celebrated homecoming with a 60-23 win.

Middlesex (2-5) will host powerful King William at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 21, in its final home game of the season. 

posted 10.19.2016

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