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Pointers ground game too strong

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Neaven Johannsen (with ball) caught 3 passes for 45 yards against West Point last Friday night at the Chargers homecoming game. On the play above, Charger teammate Landon Norwood (52) blocks. Watch the Chargers’ first quarter touchdown drive on the Sentinel‘s Facebook page. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

Larry Chowning

The Middlesex High School (MHS) football team lost 67-7 to the West Point Pointers at MHS in Saluda on October 5 in the Chargers’ annual homecoming game.

The Chargers only score came in the first quarter when MHS quarterback Logan Snyder completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Smith. Aaron Akers kicked the extra point.

West Point dominated by accumulating 491 total offensive yards—all on the ground. West Point completed one pass for no yards gained. On third down conversions, the Pointers were good on 75% attempts.

Middlesex had 163 total offensive yards of which 155 were passing yards. MHS made good on 36% of their third down tries.

Although it did not appear to slow the Pointers, West Point had 70 lost yards on 5 penalties, while Middlesex had only one penalty for a loss of 5 yards.

Snyder completed 17 passes in 40 attempts, averaging 9 yards a completion. The leading receiver was Dylan Wells who had 5 catches for 36 yards. Neaven Johannson caught 3 passes for 45 yards; Smith, 3 passes for 10 yards; and Mike Barney, 3 passes for 7 yards. Matt Hart caught 2 passes for 52 yards and Joe Gardner caught a pass for 5 yards. 

On defense, MHS was paced by Gardner who had 7 solo tackles; Johannson, M. Hart, and Cole Ruark had 3 tackles each; Andrew Jenkins and Landon Norwood, 2 solo tackles each; and Wells, and Jordan Bushong, one solo tackle each.

Snyder punted the ball twice for 86 yards.

Wells had 3 kickoff returns for 46 yards; Smith, 3 returns for 33 yards; Barney, one return for 16 yards; and Snyder, one return for 5 yards.

The Chargers (0-6) are off this week and will travel to King William to take on the Cavaliers on Friday, October 19. The game will start at 7 p.m. Other games remaining on the Middlesex schedule are as follows: October 20 at King and Queen at 1 p.m.; October 26 at King and Queen at 7 p.m.; and November 1 at Mathews at 7 p.m.

posted 10.11.2018

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