MIDDLETOWN – Drew Fry came to the Middletown High starting quarterback position with a name.
Now he’s got the numbers, too.
The sophomore passed for 216 yards and six touchdowns as Middletown mauled Caesar Rodney 48-0 in a nonconference football season opener for each at Cavaliers Stadium Friday night.
Fry, 6-foot-1 and 181 pounds, completed 13 of 18 passes in his starting debut.
“He’s the real deal,” Middletown coach Mark Delpercio said. “I think the key with him is he came in last year as a freshman and had the opportunity to learn backing up Vincent [Delpercio, the coach’s son]. Vincent did a great job working with him and doing some things in the offseason with him and I really think that’s helped tremendously . . . Yeah it was his first [start] but he saw some reps last year. We put him in some situations.’’
Fry’s father Dale was a standout quarterback and baseball player at Middletown before graduating in 1989. He then played quarterback at the University of Delaware, backing up four-year starter Billy Vergantino before succeeding him as the starter as a senior in 1993, when a successful stint was cut short by a broken clavicle.
Drew Fry had attended Middletown games almost as long as he could remember, spent time around the players, and looked forward to suiting up for the Cavaliers.
“Getting to see how they act, which makes coming out here . . . I already know the expectations,” he said.
The Cavaliers played in five straight Division I state championship games from 2010 through 2014, winning in 2011 and 2012. Last year, they were ousted in the semifinals by Salesianum to close a 9-3 season.
Middletown came out throwing, going to the air on 14 of its 18 first-half plays while building a 34-0 halftime cushion.
“Up front we’re just not very big,” Delpercio said of why Middletown will rely on the passing game. “ . . . We can’t pound it on the teams in Flight A.’’
Middletown jumps into Blue Hen Conference Flight A play next Saturday at William Penn. Middletown is 6-0 against CR since 2012, including a state-tourney matchup.
The Riders, after going 2-8 each of the last two seasons, were haunted by penalties and turnovers. They’ll continue their rebuilding efforts next week when they face another tough challenge against Salesianum at Baynard Stadium.
It was 21-0 at the end of the first quarter on Fry’s 13- and 4-yard TD passes to senior Anthony Delpercio and his 12-yard strike to senior Jalen Whitehead. On the first touchdown drive, Middletown needed to only cover 20 yards after forcing a CR punt from the end zone. The third was set up by Trey Austin’s fumble recovery at the CR 22.
“Going through all summer with my team, they put me in a good position to come out here and do our thing,” Fry said. “And our defense gives us the best looks in practice and it makes the game so much easier.”
Middletown then scored on a pair of one-play possessions in the second quarter. Fry and Whitehead connected on a 65-yard pass, with Whitehead covering about half of that on foot after Fry found him in the open. Jeffrey Lockwood’s 38-yard fumble return then set up Fry’s 11-yard TD hookup with Kenneth Edelin.
In addition to forcing three CR first-half turnovers and another in the second half, Middletown’s defense proved sturdy.
Middletown continued the onslaught by driving 67 yards on just five plays to start the second half, Kedrick Whitehead scoring from the 3, before Fry passed 22 yards on third-and-9 for a touchdown to fellow sophomore Nicholas Johnston.
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Middletown 48, Caesar Rodney 0
Caesar Rodney 0 0 0 0 – 0
Middletown 21 13 14 0 – 48
M – Delpercio 13 pass from Fry (Gotthold kick)
M – Delpercio 4 pass from Fry (Gotthold kick)
M – J. Whitehead 12 pass from Fry (Gotthold kick)
M – J. Whitehead 65 pass from Fry (kick failed)
M – Edelin 11 pass from Fry (Gotthold kick)
M – K.Whitehead 3 run Fry (Gotthold kick)
M – Johnston 22 pass from Fry (Gotthold kick)