Senior quarterback Darius Wade ran for a pair of touchdowns and tossed three more TD passes, and senior Chris Godwin ran back two punts for touchdowns as the Middletown Cavaliers beat A.I. DuPont Friday on the Cavaliers' Homecoming night. The Cavaliers victory broke A.I.'s three game winning streak.
Wade started the scoring on the Cavs' first possession on a 33-yard run down the left sideline. Senior Claire Gerlitz converted on her first of six extra points to give Middletown a 7-0 lead. The stadium's clock was not working properly and the official time was kept on the field, so exact times were not available.
After Wade's second touchdown run and a 15-yard pass to Dennis Berger, Middletown had a 28-0 advantage.
Early in the second quarter, Godwin ran back the first of his two punt returns for a 67-yard touchdown. Then Wade hit Garrett Maniatis in the corner of the end zone for a 10yard TD pass, building the Cavalier lead to 36-0. The Cavs went for a two-point conversion after a penalty against the Tigers. Running back Lasanna Brew scored the two point conversion on a two-yard plunge.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Tigers' junior Quadree Hendersonweaved through the Cavaliers team for a 90-yard TD return. The extra point was missed, leaving the score at 36-6. “Henderson is a special player,” said Tiger Head Coach Zeb Blum, “ and the good news is he is only a junior, so we will have him back next year.”
But the Cavaliers were not finished on offense, as Wade threw his second TD pass to Berger, and Godwin ran back a 66-yard punt to cap the Middletown scoring, all before halftime. The 50-6 spread at the half insured that the second half would be played with a running clock.
“We are definitely in a good spot at this stage of the season. As coach DelPercio said, we want to take each game one at a time, and keep working hard and get better each week,” said Wade.
The Tigers would score on along TD pass in the second half, after the game was well out of reach.
Next Friday, the Cavaliers host cross-town rival Appoquinimink at 7:30 p.m.
The 4-3 Tigers will host Concord next Friday night. Game time is 7 p.m.