NEW CASTLE – Zach Blum was Middletown’s defensive coordinator before he was promoted.
So the new head coach always loves a shutout, and the top-ranked Cavaliers delivered the goose egg on Saturday with a 29-0 road victory over No. 4 William Penn at Bill Cole Stadium.
Here’s a recap of the early season Blue Hen Flight A game:
KEY PLAY: The Colonials were down 16-0 late in the first half, but driving to try to get back in it when Middletown’s Alexis Green intercepted a pass in the end zone. Then the Cavaliers covered 80 yards in just three plays, with Drew Fry’s 47-yard strike to Esaias Guthrie making it 22-0 with nine seconds left in the half.
“It was huge, getting a score before halftime,” Fry said. “We went in with the momentum, so it was pretty big for our team.”
OFFENSIVE GAME BALLS: Fry passed for 161 yards and three touchdowns for Middletown. Kedrick Whitehead rushed 15 times for 160 yards, including a spinning, 68-yard touchdown run for the game’s final score late in the third quarter. Isaiah Gaynor led William Penn with 10 carries for 52 yards.
DEFENSIVE GAME BALLS: Green and Nick Johnston picked off passes for Middletown, and linemen Josh Freeman, Jon Smith and Ryan Fields were part of a front seven that held William Penn to 121 total yards – minus-2 in the first half.
THEY SAID IT: The head coach lauded his defense.
“The players and the coaches on that side of the ball are doing a fantastic job, across the board,” Blum said. “They put in a ton of work. They get together on Wednesday nights and they watch film together, eat some brownies together and spend a lot of time together. It shows.”
Fry, who also flipped TD passes of 9 yards to Johnston and 42 yards to Larry Griffin, said the Cavaliers worked to set up his two long throws.