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Middlesex grinds out 30-20 win over Devils

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Middlesex’s Robert Drewry (with ball) looks for running room as teammate Andre Campbell (#9) gets ready to make a block in Friday’s win over Mathews. On the play above, Drewry ran 30 yards for a touchdown. He rushed for 130 yards in the game. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Larry Chowning

The Billy Jarvis football coaching era at Middlesex High School got off to a good start Friday night as the Chargers downed Mathews 30-20 on the Blue Devils home field.

Tied 8-8 at the half, the Chargers put their running game into high gear and scored 22 points after intermission to ice the non-district victory.

Senior Middlesex quarterback Robert Drewry and sophomore running back Mar’ques Holmes led the way with a combined 371 yards rushing. Drewry ran for 130 yards on 15 carries and scored 3 touchdowns, while Holmes rushed for 241 yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown and 2 two-point conversions. Holmes’ longest run was 58 yards. D’Angelo King added 15 rushing yards on 2 carries. 

“The offensive line did a great job and worked hard,” said Jarvis. “It was a hard-fought game and the kids stuck together. It was good to get that first win.

“It’s time to move on. It’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon. We’ve got a tough game this week against Rappahannock,” he noted.

With so much success on the ground, there was little need for passing. Drewry did connect with Joseph Cockrell on a two-point conversion pass, and completed a pass to to King for no gain.

Brett Carter had a 16 yard kickoff return for the Chargers.

Kaleb Wake led the MHS defense with 10 unassisted tackles. King had 9 unassisted tackles; Steve Skelton, 7 unassisted tackles and one assist; Will Callis, 5 unassisted tackles and one assist; Justin Mott, 4 unassisted tackles; Devante Robertson, 3 unassisted tackles and one assist; and Brett Carter and Hughes Nelson, 2 unassisted tackles apiece.

MHS will travel to Rappahannock High School in Warsaw to take on the Red Raiders this Friday, September 13, at 7 p.m.

posted 09.11.2013

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