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Hart, Burse, Gonzalez lead JV Chargers to 32-28 win over Devils

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Middlesex JV quarterback Isaiah Burse (5) gains yardage as lineman Jacob Marx (50) follows the play during the Chargers’ 32-28 win over Lancaster on September 14. (Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi)

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex High School junior varsity football team defeated Lancaster 32-28 on September 14 at Lancaster.

In the first quarter, Charger Daveon Washington recovered a fumble that set up a long MHS drive capped by Isaiah Burse’s 13-yard touchdown run. Matt Hart was successful on the 2-point conversion to give Middlesex an 8-0 lead. 

Hart then scored a touchdown on a 7-yard pass from Jo’mari Gonzalez, and Gonzalez was successful on the 2-point conversion to give the Chargers a 16-0 lead.

Lancaster responded with a drive that resulted in a 16-yard touchdown run. The extra point failed making the score 16-6.

The next score came when Hart caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Gonzalez in the final seconds of the half. Gonzalez scored the 2-point conversion to give MHS a 24-6 halftime lead.

Early in the second half Lancaster scored on a 6-yard run. The extra point attempt failed and MHS led 24-12.

On the next set of downs, Middlesex had 3 bad snaps with the final one going over the quarterback’s head into the end zone for a safety. The JV Chargers led 24-14 at the end of the third quarter.

LHS then scored a TD to cut the lead to 24-20.

At the start of the fourth quarter Gonzalez scored on a 4-yard run and also made the 2-point conversion, making the score 32-20.

Lancaster scored another touchdown and a 2-point conversion to end the scoring and the game at 32-28.

“The game was an awesome experience,” said MHS coach Aaron Dodge. “The team really came to play, which was evident by our play on the field.

“We started off strong and very disciplined and never let up. We knew with Lancaster’s speed they would go on a run, but we didn’t give up. When Lancaster scored their final touchdown to come within 4 points, the team came together for one great final drive,” said Coach Dodge.

“We had the ball for the last 5:17 to close out the game with a great win. I’m very proud of the way the guys played and stepped up when the game was on the line,” said Coach Dodge. “We have a tough matchup next with Northumberland, which will be a good test of our progress.” 

The NHS game was at home on Wednesday, September 21. The Chargers will host Northampton on Wednesday, September 28, at 6 p.m.

posted 09.21.2016

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