Surry rallies past MHS
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex High School varsity football team lost to Surry High School 26-7 on Friday night at Surry.
The Chargers jumped to a 7-0 lead as Ryheem Lockley scored in the first quarter on a one-yard run and Thomas Fisher kicked the extra point.
The MHS defense dominated the remainder of the first half and held the Cougars (2-3, 3-5) scoreless.
In the second half, the Cougars came out roaring, scoring 20 points in the third quarter and 6 more in the fourth.
“The first half went real well,” said MHS coach Josh Franke. “We had a scoring opportunity right at the end of the half on their one yard line and couldn’t punch it in.
“Then we fumbled right at the beginning of the second quarter and then penalties and mistakes killed us in the second half,” Franke said. “A combination of a lot of penalties was the killer! We lost momentum and could not gain it back.”
On offense for Middlesex, JD Diggs rushed for 109 yards on 15 carries, and Lockley rushed for 54 yards on 13 carries. Quarterback Kyle Lawson completed 4 passes for 20 yards. Diggs caught a 9-yard pass and Andre Campbell caught a 9-yard pass. Lockley had one catch for 2 yards.
On defense, Zach Belcher paced the Chargers with 8 solo tackles. Justin Mott and Diggs had 5 solos each, Lockley had 4 tackles, and Shakim Paige added 3.
The Chargers (2-5, 0-1) will host Tidewater District powerhouse King William this Friday, October 19, at MHS in Saluda.