Georgetown – Defending Class AAA state champion Middletown came into their game with second ranked Sussex Central hovering at the 500 mark on the season, but left Georgetown with a statement win as the Cavaliers pulled away from the Knights in the second half with a 42-16 road win.
“First off Sussex Central is a great football team and a great football program, Coach Wells and his staff do a tremendous job and the community support her is first class so it great for our guys to play a great football game against a really good team and come out on top,” Middletown head coach Zach Blum said.
Sussex Central scored first on a 40 yard field goal by Iby Fojaco giving the Knights a 3-0 lead with 6:09 left in the first quarter.
Middletown answered when Austin Troyer connected with Noah Kracyla on a 20 yard touchdown pass giving the Cavaliers a 7-3 lead.
On the Knights first play of their next series Kaseem Powell recovered a Andrew Long fumble at the Sussex Central 38 yard line. Eight plays later Makai Walker scored on a three yard run as the Cavaliers took a 14-3 lead with just 12 seconds to play in the first quarter.
Sussex Central answered early in the second quarter on a one yard touchdown run by Kris Shields closing the gap to 14-10.
Josh Roberson stretched the Middletown lead to 21-10 on a six yard run that was set up by a 74 yard pass from Troyer to Kracyla. The Cavaliers took that lead into halftime.
The Cavaliers came out firing in the third quarter as Troyer and Kracyla hooked up again on a 40 yard touchdown pass with 6:11 left in the third quarter.
Kracyla led the Middletown receivers with seven catches for 192 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
“He (Kracyla) played a whale of a football game tonight,” Blum said.
Shields added his second touchdown of the game on a nine yard late in the third quarter as Sussex Central cut the Middletown lead to 28-16.
Middletown added a pair of rushing touchdowns as Walker and Roberson both scored their second touchdowns of the game each with one yard run giving the Cavaliers a 42-16 lead.
Troyer completed 14 of 23 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns for Middletown.
Middletown improves to 5-4 on the season and will host Hodgson next Friday night. The Cavaliers have clinched a berth in the Class AAA state tournament, but will have to wait to see who they play until the season ends.
“At this stage everyone at this level is a good team. When the time comes someone is going to tell us who we are going to play and when we are going to play them. If you are fortunate enough to have a deep run in the tournament you are going to have to beat them all,” Blum said.
Sussex Central fell to 7-2 on the season and will host Caesar Rodney next Friday on Senior Night. The Golden Knights have also clinched a berth in the Class AAA state tournament. A win next weekend over the Riders would most likely give the Knights a first round home game.
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