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Jackson goes for 327 yards in big Raider win; Middletown tops Camp Hill 41-12

By Larry Etter

Press & Journal Staff

Posted 9/18/19

With record-setting running back Jose Lopez sitting out due to some bumps and bruises that came in the previous week’s win over Bishop McDevitt, Middletown head coach Brett Myers turned to …

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Jackson goes for 327 yards in big Raider win; Middletown tops Camp Hill 41-12


With record-setting running back Jose Lopez sitting out due to some bumps and bruises that came in the previous week’s win over Bishop McDevitt, Middletown head coach Brett Myers turned to junior Tymir Jackson to lead the Blue Raiders’ ground game.

Jackson had recorded 40 carries during the three-game winning streak to open the season. Then, on Friday, all he did was possibly set a single-game Raider rushing record.

He ran the ball 21 times for a whopping 327 yards and five touchdowns in Middletown’s 41-12 wrecking ball demolition of Camp Hill on Friday night at Seibert Park. As of now, there is only speculation that the total is a school record. But, record or not, it was an impressive performance.

Coupled with that offensive outing was a Raider defense that, once again, turned in a blue collar effort that held the Lions to just 25 net yards on the ground.

While it was also true that Camp Hill quarterback Daniel Shuster put up some decent numbers in the air (18 of 31 for 211 yards), half of those yards came after the Blue Raiders had built a 27-6 lead with 16 minutes left in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division opener for both schools.

It was not hard to notice that the Raiders were a bit sluggish at the start of Friday’s contest and Myers thought so, too. Some of that likely came as a result of the emotional and tense victory the previous week at Bishop McDevitt.

“Kids are kids and that can happen. But they played hard and won this game,” Myers said of the outcome at Camp Hill.

The Lions put up a good fight through the first half and trailed by just 14-0 at halftime. After the Raiders scored on the opening possession of the third quarter to make it a 20-0 game, the Lions put their first points on the board on their following offensive series. But the Raiders scored quickly on a 60-yard run by Jackson just 16 seconds later and added two more scores in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

Tajae Broadie blocked and recovered a Camp Hill punt four plays into the game and gave the visiting Raiders a great opportunity for an early score from the Lions’ 26-yard line. But they could not convert on fourth down as the Lions held.

Late in the first quarter, the Raiders got another break when a high snap sailed over the head of the Camp Hill punter, who was run down at the 21. Three plays later Middletown quarterback Tony Powell hit Broadie with a short pass in the right flat that Broadie took in for a 15-yard touchdown. Nolan Sessa’s kick gave the visitors a 7-0 lead with 1:01 left in the first.

Linebacker Dylon Zettlemoyer’s recovery of a Shuster fumble at the Camp Hill 34 set up the Raiders’ second touchdown. A catch by Broadie on the final play of the quarter went for 11 yards to the 23. Four plays into the second stanza, Jackson went up the middle and made a quick cut at the 10 on his way to a 15-yard scoring dash that pushed the Raiders to a 14-0 lead.

That score would hold up through the remainder of the first half.

Tim Wagner, Arthur Dash, Jeremy Wells, Zettlemoyer and Chris Joseph led the Middletown defense that stopped Camp Hill drives at the 43 and 39 yard lines.

With 1:45 left in the half, the Raiders took over at their own 17. With Jackson picking up 27, 8 and 10 yards, the Raiders were on the move. A catch-and-run by Joseph went for 41 yards to the end zone, but the play was erased by a penalty.

With time winding down, Jackson ran for 12 yards and Powell hooked up with Broadie for a 25-yard gain to the 9. But, with no timeouts, the Raiders could not get a play off in time and the half ended with the score 14-0.

Camp Hill tried to pull off an onsides kick to start the second half, but Zettlemoyer scooped up the ball at the Middletown 48 and the Raiders went to work. Staying on the ground, with Nick Newton, Amir Potter, Troy Walko, Quincy Reinnagal and Brock Welsh leading the way up front, Jackson carried on six of the seven plays in the drive, including a 12-yard run up the middle for the touchdown with 8:54 left in the third quarter. Sessa’s kick was blocked by Greg LaBine, but the Raiders led 20-0.

The Lions responded with a solid, eight-play drive for their first touchdown at the 5:07 mark. The score came on a Shuster to LaBine pass across the middle that LaBine took 36 yards for the score. Joseph blocked LaBine’s PAT keeping the score standing at 20-6.

Collin Heffner pulled in another short kickoff by the Lions at the Middletown 45 where the Raiders took over.

Following a false start penalty on first down, backup quarterback Julio Rodriguez put the ball back in Jackson’s hands. One play, another touchdown, this one good for 60 yards as Jackson went through a wide gap up front and raced untouched to the end zone. With the PAT, the Raiders led 27-6 with 4:51 left in the third.

Heffner’s recovery of another Shuster fumble stopped the Lions at the Middletown 29 after Shuster had completed six straight passes in a promising drive. After running for a short 3-yard gain on the final play of the quarter, Jackson lit up the scoreboard again with an amazing, tackle-breaking, juking sprint, good for 68 yards and yet another Raider touchdown on the first play of the final frame. The kick failed but, with a 33-6 lead in their hands, the Blue Raiders were in control.

Camp Hill’s ensuing series started from its own 20 and the Lions went nowhere. Zettlemoyer dropped Christian Doi for a 6-yard loss on first down, A.J. Stains’ tight coverage forced an incomplete pass and Jarrod Pugh held Doi to a 3-yard gain on third to force a Camp Hill punt.

The kick was fielded by Tate Leach and gave the Raiders good field position at the Camp Hill 35. “Lightning” Jackson struck again, dashing straight through the Lions’ defense for his fifth touchdown with 9:44 on the clock. His two-point run made it a 41-6 game and set the mercy clock in motion.

Camp Hill did finally find the end zone again, the scoring drive coming against Middletown’s second-string defense. From his safety spot, Leach hustled downfield to stop Frank Shartle short of the end zone on a long pass play, but Doi scored on an 8-yard run two plays later with 3:45 left.

Following a three-and-out by the Raiders, the Lions had just 48 seconds left to work with. A pair of incomplete passes ended the game.

The Blue Raiders will be back at home Friday to face off against unbeaten Steelton-Highspire in a key Capital Division matchup.

“We have some things to clean up to get ready for them,” Myers said. “I can’t wait.”