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RAIDER FOOTBALL: Middletown holds off Camp Hill, 25-22; District 3 playoffs next

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The Middletown Blue Raiders had already made a statement with a pretty good season under third-year coach Brett Myers heading into their final regular-season game. They put a big exclamation point at the end of that statement with an exciting 25-22 victory over previously unbeaten Camp Hill on Friday, Nov. 6 at balmy War Memorial Field.

And the large gathering of Middletown fans enjoyed every thrilling minute, right down to the final whistle.  

After getting off to a great start and building a 19-7 halftime lead over their surprised guests, the Raiders (7-3) expanded their advantage to 25-14 with 8:46 left in their finale in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division. That turned out to be just enough to withstand a late score by the Lions (9-1), who tried to rally for a win that would have carried them to a perfect record.

Already assured of landing a berth in the District 3 Class AAA playoffs heading into the game, Middletown solidified its position with the triumph over Camp Hill, which was clearly their biggest victory of the season. The Raiders now face East Pennsboro in the first round of the district playoffs on Friday, Nov. 13.

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LD FOOTBALL: Error-prone Falcons lose to Crusaders in finale, await playoffs

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Lower Dauphin is trapped in deja vu – the Falcons' own version of that Bill Murray movie, "Groundhog Day.''

First, they make mistakes that cost them a win against powerful Bishop McDevitt in the regular-season finale. They finish with an 8-2 record. Then they move on to a first-round district playoff game against one of the two division rivals who beat them earlier in the year – Cedar Cliff.

Is this 2014 all over again?

Last year, it was two red-zone fumbles in a 35-14 loss to the unbeaten Crusaders, then a second chance in a District 3 Class AAAA playoff game against a Cedar Cliff team that held Lower Dauphin's offense in check in a regular-season game. This year, the Falcons threw three interceptions against a rather more mortal Bishop McDevitt team – the last coming with 49 seconds remaining and Lower Dauphin marching downfield for the tying touchdown – and lost, 21-14 on Friday, Nov. 6 at Hersheypark Stadium.

Next up: Cedar Cliff, which held Lower Dauphin's offense to its lowest point total of the season in a 23-7 victory on Oct. 2 at West Shore Stadium, in the opening round of the playoffs on Friday, Nov. 13 at Hersheypark Stadium.

If it looks familiar, it's because it is.

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