It's now the midpoint of the 2012 Delaware high school football season, and the Middletown Cavaliers sit atop the Blue Hen Conference Flight A standings with an impeccable 5-0 record following the team's 49-8 road demolition of Charter School of Wilmington on Saturday afternoon.
The Cavaliers' lethal offense, led by junior quarterback Darius Wade, continues to roll up huge numbers on the scoreboard. On the day, Wade threw for three touchdowns, to three different receivers no less, and Chris Godwin and Jamir Baynard each scored two touchdowns apiece during the onslaught.
Through the first five games, Middletown has scored an incredible 251 points, an utterly amazing average of 50 points per game. To put this in perspective, the Cavaliers average seven touchdowns per contest, at a level where three or four touchdowns will typically win a lot of games. Defensively, the squad has given up a total of 59 points, or about 12 points per game. Nearly half of those points, (26), were scored by A.I. duPont last week. The Cavs, by the way, totaled 51 points in that victory.
"We keep telling our players last season was last year. We need to keep getting better each week in order to have a successful season," said Middletown coach Mark DelPercio. "We still need to improve, especially on the defensive side of the ball."
Middletown had no problems scoring after the opening quarter, crossing the goal line three times in the second quarter on a 48-yard run by junior Chris Godwin, a 14-yard pass reception by sophomore Erich Schneider and on a 10-yard pass reception by senior Thomas Davis. Senior kicker Joshua Leach nailed all seven of his point-after attempts. At the half, the Cavaliers led 28-0.
If The Force had any hopes of catching up in the third quarter, they were quickly dashed, as the Middletown scoring machine went right back to work, adding two more touchdowns which initiated the running clock. Senior running back Jamir Baynard carried the ball for two touchdowns.
In the fourth quarter, sophomore Shane Horn tallied on a four-yard run to cap the scoring. Charter's Robert Johnson scored on a dazzling 89-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Matt Oliver in the waning moments. Oliver then hit Jarrett Ross for the two-point conversion to make the final score 49-8.
Next week, the undefeated Cavaliers host Delcastle Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Homecoming night.
The Force, which is now 1-4 after winning its season opener, tries to get back in the win column against William Penn on Saturday afternoon in New Castle.