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Middletown, Seven Sorrows Midgets both in Super Bowls

Posted 11/8/17

Both the Middletown and Seven Sorrows Midget football teams are on the way to their respective CFA conference Super Bowls after posting wins this weekend.

The Blue Raiders (8-2) will play the New …

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Middletown, Seven Sorrows Midgets both in Super Bowls

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Both the Middletown and Seven Sorrows Midget football teams are on the way to their respective CFA conference Super Bowls after posting wins this weekend.

The Blue Raiders (8-2) will play the New Cumberland Saints at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the National Conference Super Bowl at the Susquehanna High School football field. The Saints beat the Middletown Midgets 48-8 on Oct. 1.

The Eagles (9-2) will face the undefeated West Perry Mustangs in the Federal Conference championship game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at West Perry High School.

Middletown 29, Susquehanna 14

The Blue Raider Midgets youth football team is heading to its second National Conference Super Bowl appearance in two years after a 29-14 win against the Susquehanna Indians on Sunday. 

The semifinal was played at the Lower Dauphin Middle School field. 

On the opening kickoff, Blue Raider running back Audric Bryant exploded down the field for a 75-yard kickoff return and quickly set the tempo for the Raiders, making the score 6-0.

On the following Raider kickoff, Raider running back Bamm Appleby recovered the onsides kick and got the ball right back for the Raiders. Appleby then ran a blast play and quickly exited the backfield and ran 50 yards into the end zone for another Raider touchdown. Lineman Tajae Broadie would kick the extra point through the uprights and the score was 14-0 in the first two minutes.

On the following Raider defensive series, Broadie blew into the backfield and took down the Susquehanna running back for a 5-yard loss. The teams would go back and forth for a few series and the Raider defense kept the Indians’ offense at bay.

In the second quarter, Appleby would break out again as he bounced outside on another blast play and raced down the sideline for a 70-yard touchdown. Broadie again would kick the ball through the uprights for a 22-0 score.

On the following defensive series, defensive end Jayson Stoner fired through the line and sacked the Indians’ quarterback for a 12-yard loss. Defensive lineman Aiden Cannon followed suit on another play and crashed through the line and dropped the Indians’ quarterback for another 10-yard loss. The Raider defense was not done making backfield tackles, as Broadie took down two more Indian ball carriers in the backfield for a combined loss of 15 yards.

Broadie would shine again on defense when he intercepted an Indian pass then rambled and stiff-armed his way 65 yards down the sideline for a touchdown, but a penalty flag would nullify the lineman’s fourth touchdown of the year.  

Raider defenders Broadie, Stoner and Cannon would issue the Indians a total of 42 lost yards through their strong defensive play. Susquehanna did find the end zone on a 40-yard touchdown pass and kicked the extra point making the score 22-8.

In the third quarter, Bryant would find the end zone again. After taking the handoff from Raider quarterback Tate Leach, he zoomed his way 35 yards into the end zone for his second touchdown of the day. 

Running back Caden Paul darted around the right side into the end zone for the extra point and the score was now 29-8.

The Indians would find the end zone one more time when they ran a quarterback keeper for 10 yards. Broadie would block the extra point try and the final score was 29-14.  

Appleby led the rushing attack with 187 yards on 14 carries. 

Seven Sorrows 24, Cedar Cliff 0

The No. 3 seed Eagles posted a shutout victory over the No. 2 seed Cedar Cliff Colts. 

Brandyn Davis and Kamil Foster had big games on both sides of the ball. 

The offensive line — Marquis Beasley, Ryan Souders, Chase Vandegrift, Jordan Matter, and Collin Minto — paved the way for 165 yards rushing. 

The Eagles received the opening kickoff and Foster was in the end zone three plays later on a 52-yard run. Anthony Stains converted the PAT kick, and the Eagles led 8-0. 

Two possessions later, the Colts were on the move, at the Eagles 26 yard line, when they decided to test Foster on the corner. 

Bad idea. Foster’s interception and long return gave the Eagles the ball at the Colts 19 yard line. Davis took over from there, scoring in three plays on an 8-yard run and the Eagles led 16-0 at halftime. The Colts opened the second half with a drive to the Eagles 29, when Foster ended another Colts possession with his second interception. 

Davis, Foster and the offensive line were looking to put the game away, driving to the Colts 32, but a sack and incompletion ended the drive. Sam Fluke forced a fumble two plays later that was recovered by Melvin Jones. 

The Eagles were facing 4th and 7 from the Colts 45 and decided against a punt. Instead, Tony Powell found Anthony Stains on a slant. Stains split two defenders and outran another to the end zone, essentially putting the game away at 24-0. 

Long snapper Luke Fortunato, holder Jake Heckman, and kicker Stains were perfect on the day, going 3-3 on extra point kicks.

Foster led the team with 121 yards rushing and Davis led the team with 7 tackles. 

Heckman and Jones made several big defensive plays, knocking down passes and recording tackles for a loss, limiting the Colts to just 119 total yards. 

 

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