Written by Larry Etter
Following 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
Written by Bob Stone
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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 16:42
Written by Jim Lewis
Middletown faced two-time defending state champion, geographical rival and division leader Lower Dauphin in a field hockey game on Friday, Oct. 3 in Middletown and held its own in the second half.
The Falcons scored four first-half goals and went on to win, 5-0, improving its flawless record to 16-0 (10-0 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Keystone Division).
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 16:36
The Middletown Blue Raiders boys’ soccer team started off the 2014 season on the right foot with a strong 6-2 win over Milton Hershey on Tuesday, Sept. 2 in Middletown.
Middletown’s Bubba Finsterbush had a hat trick in the victory, the first of his career.
The Blue Raiders (1-1, 1-1 in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division) led at halftime 2-1, then tacked on another goal to take a 3-1 lead early in the second half . . .
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 20:10
Written by Jim Lewis
The Middletown girls basketball team squeezed into the District 3 Class AAA playoffs last season, claiming the 20th and final playoff spot.
This season, the young Blue Raiders will depend on freshmen and a sophomore to return to the playoffs.
Sophomores Jey Rivera and Halle Marion are the only starters returning on the nine-member Raider team, which depends heavily on young players.
Last Updated on Saturday, 08 December 2012 02:20