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Dukes fall short in season finale, 24-7

Gloucester High School took an early lead, but saw it disappear in the second half as the Dukes lost to Warwick, 24-7, on Saturday to conclude a winless 2012 Peninsula District football season.

James Scott scored for Gloucester on a short run early in the first quarter and the Dukes’ defense maintained the 7-0 advantage into the second half. The Raiders tied it, 7-7, in the third quarter and took over in the fourth with a pair of unanswered touchdowns and a field goal to make it 24-7.

It was a rough season for the Dukes, who were unable generate any offense this season. Gloucester only reached the end zone in two of its 10 games and was spared a shutout several times due to the field-goal kicking of Jackson Lowther.

Gloucester also lost coach Sonny Merchant with four games remaining on the schedule. Merchant resigned after a 60-0 homecoming loss to Hampton and parent complaints to the Gloucester County School Board that he was abusive toward his players. Assistant coach a...

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