Frankie Datillo scored twice helping lead the Middletown Cavaliers to a 37-7 victory over Sussex Tech in the DIAA Football State Semifinals on Friday night.
The Middletown Cavaliers will have an opportunity to regain the DIAA Football State Championship after defeating Sussex Tech 37-7 on Friday night.
The Cavaliers would open the scoring Friday night when Frankie Datillo scored from two-yards out giving Middletown a 7-0 lead with just over four minutes left in the opening quarter.
After a Sussex Tech three-and-out, the Cavaliers started another drive with good field position capitalized upon by Lasanna Brew, scoring on a nine-yard run to give Middletown 14-0 lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter.
On the Ravens’ next possession, they once again went three-and-out punting the ball back to the dangerous Middletown offense. Just a few plays into their third series of the night, Datillo found daylight running 37-yards to the one-yard line setting up his third touchdown of the night putting the Cavs in command 21-0.
Sussex Tech tried to regroup on their next possession, driving down into the red zone before turning the ball over on downs. On fourth and goal, Justin Hill was sacked rolling out after a play-action fake giving the Cavs the ball on their own 12 yard line and the teams went to the half with the score 21-0.
After being hurt by penalties in the first half, the Ravens forced a Middletown fumble on the Cavaliers opening drive of the second half. Though, the Middletown defense forced yet another Sussex Tech three-and-out. On the very next Middletown offensive drive, they took complete control of the game when Xavia Green scored from one yard out; giving Middletown a 27-0 led after the extra-point attempt hit the upright.
With time winding down in the third quarter, Middletown put the final exclamation point on the game when quarterback Vinnie DelPercio found Isiah Mitchell for a 44-yard touchdown and the Cavs led 34-0.
In the fourth, Chad Poarch knocked a 34-yard field goal through the uprights putting the Cavaliers up 37-0.
The Ravens got on the board late in the final stanza when Kani Kane broke through for a 84-yard touchdown. Though, with just four minutes left in the ball-game, a comeback wasn’t in the cards for the Ravens.
Middletown advances to the state title game for the fifth straight year, and will try to regain the title after falling to Salesianum in last year’s title game. The Cavaliers will play the winner of tomorrow’s second semifinal game between William Penn and St. Mark’s.