Here's a look back at Middletown's 43-7 win over Christiana last Friday night at Billings Stadium.
Pregame Serving as honorary team captains were the family of the late Carlton Wallace, a longtime dedicated fan of Middletown football.
First quarter The Cavaliers defense was savage from the start, and Sidney Smith pressured a punt try that immediately set up his team fom the 38-yard line. After productive runs from Michael West and Scott Adkins, Luis Prado caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Matt Lenoir and the rout was on. Francis Reeves, Dominic Diomede, Matt Ainsworth, Julius Ryland, Aaron Clark, Shane Olson and Seth Reed kept pushing Christiana backward. West earned the coveted stick of the week award from coaches for his crushing lead block on a 5-yard touchdown run by Adkins.
Second quarter The onslaught continued, highlighted by a 45-yard passing hookup between tight end Tyler Wolfe and Lenoir after a nice play fake by Lenoir. Olson, Troy Betts and Smith led the defensive charge, along with Anthony Dowd in the secondary. Jordan Griffin took a punt back for an apparent score, but it was erased by a block in the back call.
Third quarter Middletown immediately went 88 yards on five plays for a touchdown, highlighted by West’s 60-yard explosion to his left. Fullback Clark added a 10-yard run, West went for 10 more and Matt Ainsworth kicked the extra point.
Fourth quarter The reserves used their time on the field well, even though the running clock limited the number of plays available.
Moment of the game
For the third straight Friday night at Billings Stadium, Middletown’s coaches were able to use the backups for almost the entire second half thanks to a huge lead. Among those on the field were Herbie Belton, Shaquille Enty, Wes Whitlock, Shane McHugh, Jonathon Whitehead, Nick DiGati, Michael Capasso, Cherokee Hill, Vernell Proctor, Devince Powell, Willie Doan, Michael Royston, Alex Elentrio, Will Baker, Ray Nuneviller, Aaron Brant, Kenny Hensley, Cody Spence Zach Zamarripa and others.
Brant had a sack, McHugh gained 13 yards on a rush and Hill made a big hit, but the running clock kept the game moving steadily for the entire second half.
The big blowouts are likely over for at least awhile, since the Cavaliers will play highly-regarded Salesianum on Friday night in Wilmington. After three straight weeks of ample time on the sidelines, the MHS starters must be ready to play four quarters for the first time all season.
Player of the game MICHAEL WEST
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Making plays West kept his attitude right even after two big first half mistakes – a lost fumble early and illegal block that cost MHS a touchdown – and finished with an explosive 144 yards and touchdown in productive 10 carries. He also earned the coveted stick of the week award from coaches for a crunching block on a touchdown run by teammate Scott Adkins (nine carries, 114 yards, two touchdown). The scatback brings a level speed and quickness that may be unmatched in recent years at Middletown. The Cavs have had great backs, but they were more of the powerful variety. “Michael has a type of game-breaking natural ability that can’t be taught,” MHS coach Mark DelPercio said. “He can turn a small play into a big one with just a little space and gives us a great change of pace from Scott’s great power and cutback style.” West is yet another Cavaliers who stepped into his first fulltime varsity role in 2009 and thrived.
-7 total yards that Middletown’s first team defense surrendered. Julius Ryland had two tackles and three for loss, along with a safety. Seth Reed had four tackles and two batted passes and Matt Ainsworth had four tackles and a hurry.
92 points scored in the first half of three games this season, with no points allowed. Each time out, the Cavaliers have played with a running clock by going up five touchdowns in the second half.
Middletown 43, Christiana 7
Christiana (1-2) 0 0 0 7 – 7
Middletown (3-0) 22 14 7 0 – 43
M – Prado 15 pass from Lenoir (Adkins kick)
M – Safety, Ryland tackled punter in end zone
M – Adkins 5 run (Adkins kick)
M – Lenoir 1 run (kick failed)
M – Clark 1 run (Adkins kick)
M – Adkins 8 run (Adkins kick)
M – West 2 run (Ainsworth kick)
C – 9 run (kick good)