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NHS rallies past Chargers 14-8

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Middlesex’s Corey Keeling (#50 in blue) and Avery Bundy (#21) chase down a Northumberland ball carrier in the Chargers’ 14-8 heart-breaking loss to the Indians Friday night. (Photo by Reid Pierce Armstrong)

Northumberland rallied in the final minutes Friday night in Heathsville and pinned a 14-8 non-district varsity football loss on Middlesex.

The Indians scored a first quarter touchdown to grab a 6-0 lead.

Middlesex took an 8-6 lead with 11:47 to play in the fourth quarter on a 5-play, 15-yard drive following a fumble recovery. Avery Bundy scored the touchdown for MHS on a one-yard run and Craig Conley added the 2-point conversion.

With time winding down in the game, the Indians recovered a Middlesex fumble on the Charger 24 yard line. The MHS defense drove the Indians back with two sacks, but a 38-yard, third down pass play gave NHS a first down on the Charger two yard line. The Indians scored the go-ahead touchdown on a two-yard run with only 1:38 remaining in the game.

Dale Smith was the leading rusher for the Chargers with 60 yards on 12 carries. He also had a 10-yard pass reception.

MHS quarterback Chuckie Morris passed the ball 4 times and had 2 completions for 17 total yards. Markus Hammond had a 7-yard completion.

Others to get yardage were Bundy, 2 carries for 3 yards; Raheem Lockley 7 carries for 35 yards; Jeremy Rich, had 18 yards on 5 carries; Conley 4 carries for 3 yards; Chris Chamberlain, 2 carries for 5 yards; Hammond, 6 yards on one carry; and Kris Baylor, 3 yards on one carry.

“It was a terrific game to watch,” said MHS coach Heath Cockerham.  “It was a real defensive struggle and you hate to lose on a hail-mary type of situation.

“Northumberland is a very good team and very well coached,” said Cockerham. “They were well prepared for us.

“I felt we didn’t jump on top of them in the first quarter when we had them down, but I was very proud of our kids. We really dominated from the second quarter on.”

The Chargers (1-1) are idle this week and will host Franklin at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 25, in their home opener.

“Franklin is defending state champion, so they are going to be tough,” said Cockerham. “They are a very good football team and it should be a very intense game.”

posted 09.16.2009

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