he Streak is over, for now. Second-ranked Salesianum utilized its power running game and well-timed passing to upset previously unbeaten Middletown 24-13 Friday night before a packed house at Baynard Stadium in Wilmington.
Sals' senior running back Troy Reeder raced for 220 yards on 26 carries, and two touchdowns, and senior quarterback Matt Sgro was effective passing the ball to receivers Bryan O'Neill and Chad Harbaugh.
One of the biggest plays of the night occurred in the fourth quarter. With the Cavaliers trailing 17-13, All-State quarterback Darius Wade made an errant toss to Chris Godwin, who never caught up with the ball. O'Neill recovered the fumble at the Middletown 17-yard line. The Sals then clinched the upset five plays later when running back Daulton Gregory rumbled into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown.
"We're not worried about winning streaks," said Godwin. "We're worried about getting better week to week, and so from this point on, we know it's win or go home. We have to go back to the drawing board and improve," he said.
The Sals opened the scoring in the first quarter when Reeder raced 26 yards for his first TD of the night to give the home team a 7-0 advantage at the 2:09 mark. After a rugged and hard-hitting second quarter, the score remained the same heading into the halftime locker room.
The score would chance quickly, as Godwin took the second half kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown to knot the score at 7-7.
Salies would then regain the lead at 5:10 of the third quarter on a 26-yard field goal by Sean Smith.
Middletown's offense found stiff opposition all night, especially in the second half. After a Cavalier drive halted at the 49, the Sals' would continue their relentless ground attack. Reeder finished off the drive with a 46-yard burst to increase the lead to 17-7.
The Cavaliers would find some offense rhythm in the fourth quarter, as Wade tossed a two-yard TD pass to Garret Maniatis at 9:18, to end a short, well-executed drive. The extra point was blocked, leaving the score at 17-13.
Middletown coach Mark DelPercio said he knew the game would be a hard-fought battle against two good football teams. "Credit to Sallies and the job they did tonight, I thought they put together a nice game plan, and in the end I thought tonight they outplayed us. There were not really any big surprises in the game tonight. I knew it was going to be a battle. We didn't expect to come in and roll on them. You know what you get when you play a team like that," he said.
Both teams are now 9-1 and will participate in the upcoming DIAA state football tournament.