Football

Middletown turns showdown into shutout

Middletown's quarterback Drew Fry (8) escapes a tackle from William Penn's Collins Adu-Gyamfi (59).

Middletown’s quarterback Drew Fry (8) escapes a tackle from William Penn’s Collins Adu-Gyamfi (59).

Middletown's quarterback Drew Fry (8) with a touchdown throw in their game against William Penn.

Middletown’s quarterback Drew Fry (8) with a touchdown throw in their game against William Penn.

Middletown's Kenneth Edelin (7) catches a ball near the goal line as William Penn's Isaiah Gaynor (9) defends.

Middletown’s Kenneth Edelin (7) catches a ball near the goal line as William Penn’s Isaiah Gaynor (9) defends.

Middletown's Kedrick Whitehead (3) with a touchdown run to make the score 19-0 in their game against William Penn.

Middletown’s Kedrick Whitehead (3) with a touchdown run to make the score 19-0 in their game against William Penn.

Middletown's quarterback Drew Fry (8) with a pass attempt in their game against William Penn.

Middletown’s quarterback Drew Fry (8) with a pass attempt in their game against William Penn.

Middletown's Anthony Delpercio (6) with a catch in their game against William Penn.

Middletown’s Anthony Delpercio (6) with a catch in their game against William Penn.

William Penn's Isaiah Gaynor (9) runs with ball in their game against Middletown.

William Penn’s Isaiah Gaynor (9) runs with ball in their game against Middletown.

William Penn's Zachariah Burton (1) is grabbed by Middletown's Jeffrey Lockwood (13).

William Penn’s Zachariah Burton (1) is grabbed by Middletown’s Jeffrey Lockwood (13).

William Penn's Joe Greenwood (3) tries to run with the ball in their game against Middletown.

William Penn’s Joe Greenwood (3) tries to run with the ball in their game against Middletown.

Middletown's Ernest Washington (5) with a run in their game against William Penn.

Middletown’s Ernest Washington (5) with a run in their game against William Penn.

William Penn's Isaiah Gaynor (9) breaks up a pass to Middletown's Nicholas Johnston (16).

William Penn’s Isaiah Gaynor (9) breaks up a pass to Middletown’s Nicholas Johnston (16).

Middletown's Spencer Harbert (17) is tackled by William Penn's Myles Goodson-Tatum (11) after intercepting the football.

Middletown’s Spencer Harbert (17) is tackled by William Penn’s Myles Goodson-Tatum (11) after intercepting the football.

William Penn's quarterback Jahsan Gildersleeve (2) throws the ball before being tackled by Middletown's Spencer Harbert (17).

William Penn’s quarterback Jahsan Gildersleeve (2) throws the ball before being tackled by Middletown’s Spencer Harbert (17).

William Penn's Michael Mills (8) is tackled by Middletown's Spencer Harbert (17).

William Penn’s Michael Mills (8) is tackled by Middletown’s Spencer Harbert (17).

Middletown's quarterback Drew Fry (8) hikes the ball in their game against William Penn.

Middletown’s quarterback Drew Fry (8) hikes the ball in their game against William Penn.

William Penn's Joe Greenwood (3) is tackled by Middletown's Christopher Weatherford (79) and Joshua Atkinson (53).

William Penn’s Joe Greenwood (3) is tackled by Middletown’s Christopher Weatherford (79) and Joshua Atkinson (53).

Middletown WR Edelin with 66-yd TD reception
Middletown WR Edelin with 66-yd TD reception
William Penn’s Zachary Burton intercepts Fry in the endzone
William Penn’s Zachary Burton intercepts Fry in the endzone
Middletown QB Fry connects with Delpercio on 46-yd pass
Middletown QB Fry connects with Delpercio on 46-yd pass
Middletown’s Delpercio hauls in 21-yd TD pass from Fry
Middletown’s Delpercio hauls in 21-yd TD pass from Fry
Fry’s 32-yd pass to Edelin sets up one yard TD
Fry’s 32-yd pass to Edelin sets up one yard TD

NEW CASTLE – Maybe somebody will score on the Middletown defense next week.

It hasn’t happened in the first two games.

The Cavaliers pitched their second straight shutout, and sophomore Drew Fry passed for 366 yards and two touchdowns as Middletown steamrolled William Penn 25-0 on Saturday at Bill Cole Stadium.

“The defense is just playing fast,” Cavaliers coach Mark DelPercio said. “They’re attacking, going to the ball. Zach Blum has done an incredible job coordinating the defense and putting our guys in the right position. I’m thrilled with the way they are playing right now.”

Middletown (2-0, 1-0 Blue Hen Flight A), ranked third in Division I, put up another goose egg after blanking Caesar Rodney 48-0 last week. The Cavaliers snapped sixth-ranked William Penn’s (1-1, 1-1) conference winning streak at 21 games, and became the first team to shut out the Colonials since St. Mark’s won 28-0 on Sept. 6, 2013.

There were four turnovers in the first two minutes. Middletown’s Alexis Green recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff, only to see Fry’s first pass intercepted by William Penn’s Zachariah Burton in the end zone on the next play. Then the teams traded fumble recoveries before the Cavaliers struck for the first score.

The Colonials were inching up to play the short pass when Fry went deep to Kenneth Edelin, who was all alone and strolled in for a 66-yard touchdown.

“We worked on that all week,” Edelin said. “Coach put out a great plan, and we just had to execute. I did my thing right, the offensive line blocked for Drew, and Drew threw a perfect pass.”

Then Kedrick Whitehead’s interception set up Middletown at the Colonials 34. The Cavaliers cashed it in five plays later, with Fry’s 21-yard strike to Anthony DelPercio making it 13-0 with 3:14 left in the first quarter.

“When they overpowered one side, all we had to do was attack the other side,” Fry said. “Sometimes they would try to bait me in on one side and I would just try to outsmart them and keep good eye contact with them.”

Middletown covered 60 yards in 12 plays on its next drive, the big play coming on Fry’s 46-yard bomb to Anthony DelPercio. Whitehead ran it in from the 3 for a 19-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

Ernest Washington’s 95-yard kickoff return was wiped out by a penalty to start the second half, but the Cavaliers shook it off. Fry hooked up with Edelin for a 32-yard gain midway through the fourth quarter, setting up Whitehead’s 1-yard touchdown plunge with 4:17 remaining.

Fry, who threw for six touchdowns in his starting debut last week, completed 20 of 38 this time. He was intercepted twice, but showed poise under pressure and consistently delivered the big play when Middletown needed it. He threw to six different receivers, with Anthony DelPercio leading the way with seven catches for 169 yards.

“We don’t expect him to come in and play like some young quarterback,” Mark DelPercio said. “We’ve been coaching him up and doing the things in the offseason to prepare him for these moments in these games.”

Joe Greenwood grinded out 81 yards on 19 carries for William Penn, which was limited to just 52 yards of total offense in the second half.

Contact Brad Myers at bmyers@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter: @BradMyersTNJ.

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