Missed conversions costly in Middlesex defeat
by Larry Chowning
The Rappahannock Raiders rallied in the second half to nip Middlesex 13-12 in a non-district varsity football game last Friday in Warsaw.
The Chargers were leading 12-6 when the Raiders scored a touchdown with 1:34 to play in the third quarter to tie the game 12-12, and then made the extra point kick to seal the win.
MHS running back Marques Holmes scored the Chargers’ two touchdowns. Holmes scored first with 8:29 left in the second quarter on an 8-yard run, and then at the 3:35 mark of the third quarter from 2 yards out. Holmes rushed for 75 yards.
Middlesex failed to convert on its two-point conversions following both TDs, and that was the difference in the final score.
The fourth quarter was a scoreless defensive battle.
MHS quarterback Robert Drewry rushed for 61 yards, while D’Angelo King rushed for 29 yards on 3 carries. King’s 15-yard run was the longest MHS run of the game. Drewry also had a 14-yard punt return.
Kaleb Wake was the Charger defensive standout. He had 2 quarterback sacks and 10 unassisted tackles. King also excelled on defense with 9 unassisted tackles.
Other defensive standouts were Steve Skelton, 6 unassisted tackles and 1 assist; Will Callis, 5 unassisted tackles and 1 assist; Justin Mott, 4 tackles; and Devante Robertson, 3 unassisted tackles and 1 assist.
The Chargers (1-1) will travel to Lancaster to take on the Red Devils at 7 p.m. this Friday.