The Middletown Cavaliers improved to 5-0 on the season Friday night, riding the momentum of some huge plays on offense to defeat Salesianum, 42-24.
After being held to just 14 points in the first half, the Cavaliers exploded for 28 points in the second to roll past Sallies.
Middletown got on the board first Friday night when quarterback Drew Fry scrambled for a 12-yard touchdown run giving the Cavaliers a 7-0 lead after one quarter.
Salesianum tied it up early in the second after a Michael Drake 53-yard touchdown catch and run from quarterback Zach Gwynn.
On the Cavaliers next possession, deep in their own territory, they were unsuccessful on a fake-punt try giving the ball to Salesianum in the redzone. Just a few plays later, Carson Salvo ran it in from three-yards out to put Sallies up 14-7.
Middletown responded with Fry’s first touchdown pass of the evening on a beautiful catch in the back of the endzone by Anthony DelPercio.
Tied at 14, Salesianum went ahead right before the half off a 39-yard field goal from Cooper Urban.
Trailing by three points to start the second-half, the Cavaliers wasted little time taking control of the game. First, Fry connected with Jalen Whitehead on a 21-yard touchdown pass to put Middletown ahead 21-17. Then, just moments later, Whitehead would recover a Salesianum fumble on the kick-off, returning it for a touchdown and in a blink of an eye, the Cavaliers were up 28-17.
The Cavaliers would put another touchdown on the board before the end of the third, Whitehead’s third touchdown of the evening on another long pass from Fry, this one from 31-yards out to give Middletown a commanding 35-17 lead.
Salesianum would cut the lead to just nine in the fourth when Gwynn found Logan Bushweller for a 30-yard touchdown, but Middletown quickly put comeback hopes to rest thanks a Fry 51-yard touchdown pass to DelPercio.
Next week, the Cavaliers look to go 6-0 when they host A.I. duPont in the 2016 Middletown homecoming game, Friday night at 7:30 p.m.