For the third straight week, Middletown High's football rolled to a huge early lead and played the second half with a running clock to limit the blowout. The Cavaliers thumped Christiana 43-7 on Friday night at Bill Billings Alumni Stadium.
Next Friday night, the Cavaliers travel to Wilmington and will play Salesianum in Baynard Stadium.
Middletown scored touchdowns on four of its first five possessions and routed Christiana 43-7 in Friday night's Blue Hen Flight A opener. The Cavaliers (3-0) scored their third straight big win, having beat Appoquinimink (35-14) and Smyrna (35-0) the past two weeks.
This time, the Cavs got started with a 14-yard touchdown hookup between receiver Louis Prado and quarterback Matt Lenoir just four minutes into the game.
Middletown went up 9-0 90 seconds later when it forced a punt attempt that was snapped into the end zone. The Cavs defense was ferocious all night, led by Dominic Diomede, Matt Ainsworth, Troy Betts, Aaron Clark, Francis Reeves, Sidney Smith, Shane Olson, Julius Ryland and a host of other Cavaliers.
With 5:12 left in the first quarter, Jordan Griffin followed some nice blocking and gained 40 yards to set his team up deep in Christiana territory. Scott Adkins scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 4:24 remaining in the first quarter for a 16-0 lead.
After Lenoir connected with Winston Caballero for a 16-yard pass, he sneaked across the goal-line for a 22-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The blowout continued as Michael West blew downfield for big gains of 15 and 18 yards, and Clark pushed across for a touchdown and 29-0 advantage with 9:35 left before halftime.
The score went to 36-0 with 3:52 left before intermission on an 8-yard run by Adkins. Tyler Wolfe made a 45-yard reception to set it up, which was started by a nice fake and throw by Lenoir.
Middletown went 88 yards in five plays to start the second half, keyed by West's runs of 10, 60 and 2 yards for a touchdown and 43-0 lead. Clark gained 10 and Ainsworth added six yards.