WASHINGTON (WUSA) — Strength, depth and balance will fuel Middletown’s program during the 2012 seson. The Knights are coming off a Maryland state title victory and have 13 returning starters. With a roster comprised of 25 seniors and 25 juniors, head coach Kevin Lynott is sure to lead his squad through another successful fall in the Maryland 2A.
Record Last Season: 13-1
Biggest Question: Middletown has a much tougher schedule this season. Will the Knights be able to compete with larger Frederick County schools like Urbana, Thomas Johnson and Linganore — all of which finished at the top of the Maryland 3A last year?
Strengths: The Knights have a pretty intact nucleus returning to the gridiron. They also have depth at the quarterback position which could give them the ability to switch up their style on offense — adding an element of surprise to their Multiple-I formation.
Best Player: Justin Falcinelli is a returning offensive and defensive tackle. At 6-foot-5, 290 pounds, the rising junior dictates the running game on both sides of the ball and already has offers from Virginia and Maryland.
Breakthrough Player: Jess Powell is one of the strongest players on Middletown’s team this year. The senior fullback and linebacker, checks in at 5-foot-10, 220 pounds and can bench press an unprecedented 350 pounds. He’s a pure athlete and dangerous as a flair option out of the backfield and also as a ball carrier.
Why fans should be excited: Frederick County football is raw, fierce and boasts a spirited fan base. Friday nights draw big crowds and serious competition.
“We’ve had a strong tradition of football at Middletown for years and years, but believe it or not, we’ve only had three Division I kids in the whole school history with full scholarships … We’re not high profile athletes, we’re just a lot of kids that work hard.”