The Middletown Cavaliers kept their undefeated record intact on Friday night, dominating Salesianum 34-7, to improve to 6-0.
In the annual “Beat the Beast” breast cancer awareness game at Middletown, the Cavaliers took control early and never let up thanks to a dominating defensive effort and five touchdown passes from quarterback Drew Fry.
Middletown took an early lead in the first quarter when Isaiah Griffin, showing great concentration, caught a tipped pass from Fry in the endzone to give the Cavaliers a 6-0 advantage after a blocked extra-point attempt.
Still leading 6-0 early in the second quarter, Middletown drove down the field and scored on a 10-yard play by De’Quez Walker on a wide-receiver screen from Fry. After the extra point by Kayla Bierlein, Middletown led 13-0.
Late in the first half, the Cavalier offense looked to put together another strong drive, but this time a big play would factor in. From the Salesianum 30-yard line Fry connected on his third touchdown pass of the game, a long connection down the middle of the field to Larry Griffin, giving Middletown a 20-0 lead with the extra-point kick by Bierlein.
Thanks to the Middletown defense playing like a brick wall in the opening half, the offense was able to get the ball back again before the half leading to Fry’s fourth touchdown pass of the game. This time, Fry found Larry Griffin for the second time on an 11-yard connection, giving the Cavaliers a 27-0 advantage at halftime after Bierlein's extra-point kick.
After a scoreless third quarter, Middletown found the end zone on their first drive of the fourth quarter. Just a few minutes into the final stanza, Nick Johnston was the recipient of Fry’s fifth touchdown pass of the night, pushing the Cavaliers ahead by a 34-0 score with Bierlein's extra-point kick.
While a Liam Mara rushing touchdown for Salesianum late in the fourth would ruin the shutout, the Cavaliers walked away with a 28-point victory to stay undefeated with just four games to go in the regular season.
Next week, the Cavaliers travel to Florida to take on the third-ranked team in the nation, IMG Academy, Saturday afternoon.