Indians drop lead, fall to Chargers 28-20
Three turnovers led to Middlesex touchdowns as the Chargers gave the Indians a 28-20 loss at home last Friday night. Even falling behind 14-0 in the first five minutes of play didn’t stop Northumberland from a strong comeback that had them leading 20-14 at halftime.
Middlesex won the opening coin toss but elected to defer giving the Indians the first possession. A botched hand off
gave the Chargers the ball on the Indians 27-yard line.
Two plays later Marquez Holmes bolted over from eight yards out. Joseph Cockrell’s kick was true, Middlesex led 7-0.
Lightening struck twice when Northumberland next try led to another bad hand off and gave the Chargers a second try on the Indian’s 26-yard-line. This time it took four plays for Holmes to get into the end zone on a three yard run. Cockrell’s kick made it 14-0 with less than five minutes gone off the clock.
But the Indians were not ready to fold their tents and go quietly away in the night. They mounted a three play 80-yard drive that was highlighted by a 72-yard pass from Zak Kent to Ameer Veney. Veney took Kent’s pass about midfield, got past two defenders and no one was going to catch him. The Indians were on the board. A run by Tevin Carter gave them the two point conversion. It wasn’t over. Stopping the Chargers on their next drive, Northumberland rolled 67-yards in nine plays for the tying score. Tyler Costley pushed over from the seven-yard line but an attempted run for two points was stopped short.
The next Charger drive was stopped on the Indians’ 10-yard line to open the second period of play. As if to show they could do it again, the Indians went 90 yards in 13 plays. This touchdown came on a nine-yard Kent to Costley pass play. The run for the two points was no good. It was 20-14, Northumberland at halftime.
The third turnover was a pass interception by the Chargers that was returned to the Northumberland two. Holmes jumped over on the next play and Cockrell’s kick gave them a 21-20 lead. Northumberland couldn’t seem to get the ball into the end zone despite out gaining the Chargers 414 to 165 in total offense. Middlesex had one lone drive, an eight play, 69 yard effort that was capped by 17 yard Holmes run. Cockrell was true on the extra point. Holmes, the leading ground gainer in the Class 1A East Region with 174 yards per game was held below his average despite a four touchdown night.
Costley had the best night of his varsity career for Northumberland with 121 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Tevin Carter, new at running back, had 58 yards in 12 attempts and a two point conversion. Veney gained 34 yards in seven attempts, Kent six in one and Daryl Smith one yard in three attempts. Kent threw 26 passes, completed 12 for 194 yards and a score. He was intercepted twice. Veney was the leading receiver with seven catches for 165 yards and a touchdown. Costley caught two for 17-yards and touchdown, Wayne Howard had two receptions for 17-yards and Carter one for minus five yards. Howard had an interception on a tipped pass, Costley and John Brown both recovered fumbles.
Northumberland Coach Brian Hahn, obviously disappointed, said, “We dominated them [in total yards]. It was definitely a tough loss.”
The JV team took their second win at home over Middlesex, 26-10, on Wednesday. Tyrell Payne scored on a Cameron Lee pass. Lee, Austin Martin and Ore Sydnor all scored on runs.