The scoring started early Friday night in Middletown's first football game of the season as they routed Smyrna High 47-19 in the annual Harvest Bowl game.
The game was played at Smyrna High School.
Senior Tommy Davis scored the first touchdown of the night with a 22-yard pass from quarterback Darius Wade. With that first touchdown, the Cavaliers never looked back.
Senior running back Jamar Baynard led in scoring with three touchdowns - 3-yard run, 13-yard run, and 5-yard run. Junior Dennis Berger followed suit with two touchdowns. Junior Godwin also had a touchdown with a 19-yard pass from Wade.
After the game, Head Coach Mark DelPercio was happy with the victory but there are plenty of things the team needs to improve upon. And even though the team enters the season having won the state championship last year 27-23 over Newark, DelPercio said the team is still going to take it one week at a time.
"Our focus is always on the next opponent, not the season. We take it one week at a time," he said.
Not only was the win the first of the season for the defending state champions, but it was their fourth Harvest Bowl win since the rivalry game was reinstated in 2009. The Harvest Bowl started in 1985 as a game between the two local schools and ended in 2001. The game started back up again in 2009, two years after Smyrna jumped up to Division I ball. Middletown leads the series 17-4.
Next up for the Cavaliers is a game at Glasgow Friday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m.