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Dukes post 35-18 win over Monarchs

“It felt great,” said Gloucester High School head coach Brandon Kelley on getting his first Peninsula District victory of the season in front of the GHS homecoming crowd Friday night. Gloucester bested Menchville, 35-18, to improve the Dukes’ record to 2-4 overall.

Although he appreciated the good turnout in support of his team, Kelley had only a few good things to say about the Dukes’ performance: “We struggled a little on offense and had several drives that failed. The defense really bailed us out. But offensively, we never quit. We battled back.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Rashan Williams scored Gloucester’s first points on a 10-yard run. The kick by Danny Wright, who was five-for-five on his point-after attempts, put the Dukes ahead, 7-0.

Menchville quickly answered with a 30-yard punt return to make it 7-6. GHS quarterback Elijah Shaffer, out most of the season with a broken hand, went to work and completed a 56-yard scoring pass ...

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