Middlesex hosts K&Q Thursday night in Oyster Bowl
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex High School football team fell 44-12 to Tidewater District powerhouse King William Friday night at Central Garage.
The Chargers had 10 starters out with swine flu, said Middlesex coach Heath Cockerham. “We lost, but I thought we did pretty well and I was pleased with the way our players stepped up and played positions they had not played before.”
MHS halfback Dale Smith is only 30 yards away from a 1,000 yard season with two more games to go. “Dale has had an All-District season,” said Cockerham. “His yards after contact have been great. It’s quite a testament to that kid. He came to us as a sophomore and has only played two seasons with us.
“Over the summer, Dale just got incredibly strong,” said Cockerham. “He can bench press 270 pounds and he is only 165 pounds himself. He just got really, really strong.
“Dale has put a lot of time and effort into it, and this has reaped benefits for him,” he said.
Against the Cavaliers, Smith rushed for 172 yards on 20 carries and scored both of the Charger touchdowns.
Cockerham also credited the MHS offensive line with helping Smith have a good season. “Our offensive line has played great this season. I have a great deal of affection for these kids,” he said. “They started with me when they were in the ninth grade.”
Middlesex is 0-2 in Tidewater District play and 3-5 overall. The Chargers will host King and Queen tonight, Thursday, November 5, in the Oyster Bowl at MHS in Saluda (see related story on page A1).