The typical elements were all there for Middletown High School’s football team Friday night – impressive plays from Chris Godwin on offense and special teams, quarterback Darius Wade leading an offense that made big plays look routine and a running clock to start the second half.
The most important element for the Cavaliers was also present: a 21st consecutive victory.
Middletown built a 44-point halftime lead en route to 50-13 Blue Hen Conference Flight A victory over A.I. du Pont at Cavaliers Stadium.
“I thought we played a complete game tonight,” Middletown coach Mark DelPercio said. “Against a very well-coached team with a lot of talent – I thought we did a great job defensively of keeping them in check, and offensively, we got some momentum going.”
From its first possession against the Tigers, Middletown (7-0, 6-0 Flight A) began doing all the things that have become commonplace over the recent seasons.
A 33-yard Wade run moved the Cavaliers deep into A.I. territory on their first offensive series and set up a 31-yard touchdown pass to Godwin on which Godwin made a nice play to adjust to an underthrown ball.
Of his three first-half touchdowns, that was Godwin’s most mundane. Early in the second quarter, Godwin picked up a rolling shanked Tigers punt at the Middletown 49-yard line and ran past an A.I. coverage team that appeared be caught flat-footed for a touchdown. Then at the end of the second quarter, Godwin took a reverse from Dennis Berger on a punt return, shrugged off an A.I. tackle attempt and went 65 yards for a touchdown.
“My teammates had some great blocks for me,” Godwin said. “I give all the credit to my punt block team, because it wouldn’t happen without them.”
While Godwin was making visually striking plays for touchdowns, Wade was his usual efficient self. He was 12 -of 15 passing for 193 yards and four touchdowns in the first half to go along with 40 first-half rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.
“We were able to execute,” Wade said. “We executed our gameplan pretty much to perfection. We had some iffy parts – it always happens throughout a game – but overall I definitely felt very happy with the guys, how we all played.”
A.I. (4-3, 3-2) had a three-game winning streak snapped with Friday’s loss. The Tigers will attempt to move past the defeat for a crucial three-game season-closing stretch beginning with next week’s game against Concord.
“It’s one loss,” A.I. coach Zeb Blum said. “It’s a loss to a very good football team and gives our guys an idea of where they stand. We’ve got to get ready for Concord next week.”