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GUT CHECK: Falcons rebound, beat Red Land, 23-14


This was supposed to be a test. A challenge, from the head coach to his team. After a disappointing 27-7 loss to Cedar Cliff, a big, physical team that beat them at their own game, the Lower Dauphin Falcons faced undefeated rival Red Land in a game that was supposed to show their mettle.

Challenge met.

The Falcons bounced back from their first loss of the season, overwhelming Red Land with a stunning first half en route to a 23-14 victory over the Patriots on Friday, Oct. 3 at Hersheypark Stadium.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 17:01

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GIANT KILLERS: Raiders topple division leader East Pennsboro in OT thriller in boys' soccer


Another game against a first-place team, another thrilling overtime for the Middletown boys' soccer team.

After the Blue Raiders dispatched West Perry, the former leader of the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division, 3-2 in overtime on Saturday, Sept. 27, they met new division leader East Pennsboro three days later at War Memorial Field.

The Panthers had beaten Middletown 2-0 earlier in the season, but the Raiders are a different side, having revamped their formation and learned from early-season mistakes.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 16:57

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Raiders beat Panthers in girls' soccer, close in on playoff spot


Makaila Nester and Alexis Ulrich scored goals as Middletown defeated East Pennsboro, 2-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in East Pennsboro Twp. to move closer to a postseason playoff spot in District 3 Class AA girls' high school soccer.

Goalkeeper Brooke Myers made 11 saves as the Blue Raiders (10-4, 7-3 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division) rose to eighth place in the Class AA power rankings. The top 18 teams qualify for the District 3 playoffs.

East Pennsboro avoided a shutout when Kassy Brown scored a goal in the 70th minute. The Panthers (10-4, 5-4) are in 12th place in the power rankings.

Katelynn Kennedy assisted on Nester's goal, scored in the 27th minute. Ulrich scored in the 52nd minute on an assist from Rowan Sessa.

Trinity 1,
Middletown 0

The unbeaten Shamrocks scored a quick goal in the fourth minute, then held on to beat the Raiders on Thursday, Oct. 2 in Middletown.

Trinity (12-0-2) remained atop the Capital Division with an 8-0-1 division record.

Theresa Duke scored the lone goal on assists from Ashley Rogliano and Catheirne Gregoire. Shamrock goalkeeper Amanda Knaub made four saves to shut out the Raiders.

Myers made seven saves in goal for Middletown.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 16:52

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Raider JV corrals Mustangs, 26-12

quarterbackphoto10 8 14Following in the tracks set by their freshmen and varsity brothers, the Middletown Area High School junior varsity football team completed a sweep of West Perry with a 26-12 victory over the Mustangs on Monday, Sept. 29 at War Memorial Field.

Using a nice mix of a well-run offense and solid defensive work, the Blue Raiders jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first half, scored again late in the third quarter and comfortably absorbed a pair of West Perry scores to claim the win.

A fumble recovery by Middletown's Jordan Jeffries on West Perry’s first possession of the game set the tone for what would follow.

Starting at their own 21-yard line following the recovery and a penalty, the Raiders reached the 47 on John Stoner’s 26-yard run. Five plays later, freshman Brady Fox went left on a sweep and outran the West Perry defense for a 42-yard touchdown that gave Middletown a 6-0 lead.

In the second quarter, back-to-back sacks by Middletown's Josh Brown on third and fourth downs set up the Raider offense at the Mustangs’ 38-yard line. On third-and-5, quarterback Chase Snavely threw a perfect pass to Fox, who was wide open down the middle, and the pair connected for a 33-yard touchdown completion. The pair hooked up again for the two-point conversion that gave the Raiders a 14-0 lead.  

Devon Agramonte’s pass theft stopped West Perry’s next drive after the Mustangs had moved deep into Middletown territory at the Raider 11-yard line. After a penalty backed the team to the 6-yard line and another infraction wiped out a nice gain, the Raiders were facing a second-and-long at the 9 with time running out in the first half. Going back to what worked before, however, Snavely hit Fox on the exact same pass play as before, and the connection went for a 91-yard touchdown with 37 seconds left. The Raiders led 20-0 at the halftime break.

West Perry’s defense stopped the Raiders on the opening possession of the second half, and the Mustangs cashed in on a short field to score their first touchdown of the game, capping a 27-yard drive with a touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal.

The Raiders came right back on their ensuing possession. A pass to Abel Botterbusch, a grabbing-the-facemask penalty against the Mustangs and a pair of runs by Fox and Stoner set up Fox’s 22-yard scoring dash with 52 seconds left in the third quarter.
Credit goes to linemen Tre Michael, Dustin Holliman, Charlie Euker, Tony Colello and Brown, who keyed the drive.  

After stopping West Perry’s next drive, the Raiders had one more chance to pad the lead, but their time-consuming march ended at the Mustang 1-yard line.

The Mustangs scored their final touchdown on an 89-yard pass play with 38 seconds left in the game.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 16:45

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Seven Sorrows takes two from Vikings

The Seven Sorrows Eagles celebrated Parent’s Day on Sunday, Oct. 5 by winning two of three games against Northern Lebanon at Middletown Area Middle School.

The Eagles started the day with a couple quick trips to the end zone. Running backs Isaiah Shayter and Matthew Gilhool each took their first handoff for a touchdown.

Jamar McKinney added a touchdown run in the second half.

Devon Reid led the defense, picking up a fumble and nearly scoring on the return. Shawn Heckman, Nathaniel Santos-Villegas and Jack Geesey helped keep the Vikings scoreless.

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