The Middletown Cavaliers continued to their dominance over opponents Friday, downing Concord in a 55-6 blowout in the Division I defending champions’ first home stand of the 2012-2013 season.
The victory was the third straight win for the Cavs, who have scored at least 47 points in each of their three games this season.
“Sometimes people make this game more complicated than it is – just get the ball in the hands of your playmakers and let them do their thing,” Middletown head coach Mark DelPercio said afterward, referring to the coaching philosophy that has led the Cavs to outscore their opponents by a combined 151-25. “We’re not going to play Madden on the sidelines. We’re going to let the players make the plays and do the simple things.”
The Cavs got off to a quick start Friday when junior split end/linebacker Chris Godwin returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for touchdown.
Middletown then went on to score on each of six offensive possession of the first half.
Midway into the first quarter, the Cavs went for it on a fourth-and-6 at their own 44 with a gadget play in which junior quarterback Darius Wade handed the ball to Godwin, who tossed it to junior split end/defensive back Thomas Davis in the flat. Davis then ran 56 yards for the Cavs’ second touchdown of the night.
Middletown scored again when senior running back Jamar Baynard followed a 43-yard run on a second-and-17 from the Cavs 47 yard line with a four-yard scamper that brought the score to 21-0 with 1:23 left in the first quarter.
Middletown continued to pile on the points with 10:15 left in the second quarter when Davis scored his second touchdown of the night on a third-and-5 from Concord’s 22 yard line.
Later in the second quarter, a pair of penalties cancelled out Baynard’s 22-yard run to the 1 yard line and brought the ball back to the Cavs’ own 48. Yet it took Middletown just two plays, including a 36-yard run by Wade on a third-and-18, to reach the end zone for a fifth time.
As if to make its point, Middletown then scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in the final 40 seconds of the first half.
Baynard sparked the flurry by recovering a Concord fumble, which resulted in Davis scoring on a 19-yard play with 39.3 seconds left in the second quarter.
Senior linebacker Wyatt Samuels then intercepted a pass during the Raiders next possession and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown.
On the ensuing kickoff, the ball glanced off a Raiders player and was picked up in the end zone by freshman split end/defensive back Justin Thompson with 5.7 seconds left in the half.
Page 2 of 2 - Middletown pulled most of its starters in the second half, which might have contributed to the Raiders blocking a punt in the third quarter that set up a 5-yard rushing touchdown by Concord’s sophomore running back Brian Dennis.
The Raiders missed the extra point, setting up the final score of 55-6.
“We got too many weapons – whether it’s Godwin, Jamar, Darius, Berger,” Davis said after the game. “It opens up so many things … I think could win another state championship.”
But to accomplish that goal, the Cavs will need to stay focused and avoid becoming complacent as result of their early success, Coach DelPercio said.
“Something we talk about is playing faceless opponents and focusing on getting better – just playing at a high level, regardless of who is on the other side of the field,” he said. “You’ve got to win your games Monday through Thursday before you can win them on Friday night.”
The Cavs will next host undefeated A.I. duPont, another offensive juggernaut that has outscored its opponents by a combined 115-28. That game will kick off at 7:45 on Sept. 28.