Middletown Football Matthew Priestley 6 caught two touchdown passes in the game vs Sussex Central photo by Nick Halliday

Middletown dominates in home opener

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Middletown Football Matthew Priestley 6 caught two touchdown passes in the game vs Sussex Central photo by Nick Halliday

Middletown Football Matthew Priestley (6) caught two touchdown passes in the game vs Sussex Central, photo by Nick Halliday

The Middletown Cavaliers were dominant in their home opener Friday night at Cavaliers Stadium. The Cavaliers hosted Sussex Central Friday night in front of home fans for the first time this season and came away with a big 41-7 victory. 


From the opening kickoff Middletown took advantage of the Golden Knights mishaps. On the kickoff the ball took a wild bounce that knocked off a Sussex Central player which bounced around for a minute until MIddletown jumped on it. 


After recovering the kickoff Middletown was able to score in less than a minute given the great field position. Austin Troyer connected with Matt Priestley for one of their two touchdowns on an 8 yard pass for the first score of the game. 


Middletown went on to score three more touchdowns in the first half. Makai Walker scored the first touchdown as he took a handoff up the middle powering through tacklers before landing in the endzone. Troyer connected on his second touchdown pass of the game when he threw a 48 yards pass to Aviyon Matthews who made an amazing one handed juggling catch in the endzone. The third touchdown came right before the end of the first half on a 2 yard run from Amari Glover. 


Coming out of half the Cavaliers were up 26-0. Central was due to kick to Middletown after they received the opening kickoff. On the kickoff the ball kicked past Cavaliers returner Glover. Glover picked the ball up at his own 6 yard line. He turned back to see the rush then started to go in the middle of the field only to bounce it outside as he went untouched for the touchdown. After a successful 2 point conversion Middletown led 34-0. The Cavaliers were one point away from forcing a running clock at the start of the second half. 


In order to stay away from the running clock Central would have to put some points on the board. Late in the third quarter the Golden knights finally capitalized on Cavaliers turnover. Central’s Jaheim Curtis picked off a pass from Troyer that sailed over the receivers head. On the next play Josiah Cannon rolled out of the pocket and threw a deep pass that landed right in the arms of Isaiagh Ro who went 58 yards for the touchdown as Central escaped the running clock. 


The Cavaliers did tack on a late touchdown when Troyer found Priestly for the second time on a 5 yard slant to complete the 41-7 victory. 


The Cavaliers will host the Odessa Ducks next week for their inaugural game since Odessa was built. This will be the first time in the school’s history that Odessa will have seniors playing varsity sports. Even if the game isn’t tightly contested it will be history as they start to play Middletown and create a rivalry between the three schools in the Appoquinimink school district. 


Odessa played Appoquinimink last night, but Appo was able to come away with a 33-7 victory in their inaugural game.

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