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Sussex races past Middlesex


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Shawn Lee (#11) of Middlesex pulls away from a Sussex Central defender in the Chargers’ 44-22 loss to the Tigers on Friday night. (Photo by Larry Chowning)
(Photo by Brad Bess)

The Middlesex High varsity football team battled hard but could not contain the Sussex Central rushing game in a 44-22 non-district loss in Saluda.

The Chargers played steady on offense but had trouble tackling the Tiger running backs Ernest Crockett and Jabari Taylor. Crockett rushed for 195 yards and scored four touchdowns, while Taylor rushed for 158 yards and scored one TD.

The Tigers (1-2) rushed for a total of 512 yards despite fumbling nine times and losing seven. The seven recovered fumbles helped keep the Chargers in the game.
Sussex Central scored twice in the first quarter to take a 16-0 lead.

The Chargers’ first score came with 2:11 left in the first quarter.  It came on a nine-play, 37-yard drive capped by a 27-yard touchdown run by Nigel Rich to cut the lead to 16-6.

Sussex stretched its lead to 30-6 before MHS scored again on a 70-yard kickoff return by Malcolm Ward. Chuckie Morris hit Shawn Lee for the two-point conversion.

Middlesex continued to battle and recovered a fumble on the next set of downs and Rich scored for the Chargers on a 10-yard run. Morris connected on a pass to Ward for the 2-point conversion and MHS was down by only 8 points, 30-22.

The Tigers struck back quickly and Crockett scored his final touchdown on a 5-yard run and also added the 2-point conversion to make the score 38-22.

With 4:06 left in the game, Sussex scored its final TD on a 20-yard run to make the score 44-22.

Rich was the top runner for the Chargers.  He rushed for 79 yards on 15 carries, and scored two touchdowns. Ward had 30 yards on 13 carries and Morris had 4 pass completions for 30 yards and was successful on two 2-point conversion pass plays.

Ward had 2 pass receptions for 12 yards and Lee caught 2 passes for 18 yards.

At the end of the game Sussex Central received a trophy for winning the Annual Oyster Bowl game.

The Chargers will host Essex this Friday night at 7 p.m.

posted 09.24.2008

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