VIDEO: Middletown steps up to challenge to beat CR
Middletown's ill running back Jamar Baynard rushed for two touchdowns, as the defending state champions earned a 3rd straight trip to Dover with a 35-28 victory over Caesar Rodney Friday.
The Riders became the first team to prevent Middletown from forcing a running clock, but could never take the lead in a see-saw Division I Delaware state semifinal.
Cavs Receiver Chris Godwin scored a pair of first quarter touchdowns, first on a 73-yard speed sweep on Middletown's opening possession, and later on a 13-yard hookup from quarterback Darius Wade.
Those scores were sandwiched by CR's Robert Holmes, who scored on a 1-yard dive after Kendall Wicks reeled in a 40 yard pass from Alexander Kemp to knot the game at 7.
CR tied the game at 14 two minutes into the second quarter when a 66-yard sweep by Adrian Trammel was followed up two plays later by a Devon Horton 2-yard touchdown run.
Middletown took the lead for good just under four minutes later when Baynard rushed right through the heart of the Riders defense for 43 yard score. Middletown had a chance to make it a two score game before the break by Wade's pass into the end zone at the buzzer was intercepted by Michael Negrete.
The Cavs were facing a 3rd and 6 in the red zone when Wade ran a bootleg, and thanks to some nifty moves and solid blocking by his line and receivers, the quarterback danced into the end zone from 8 yards out, giving Middletown a 28-14 advantage.
2:09 later, CR again had the answer with play action, as Kemp found Laulewasika Bendolph on a 60 yard catch-and-run, and again it was a 7 point game.
Baynard would score on Middletown's next drive, this time from 2 yards out to make it 35-21 after three.
After the teams traded missed opportunities, CR cut the lead back to 7 on a 21 yard touchdown pass from Kemp to tight end Seth Brosius with 4:53 left.
Middletown was forced to punt, but with CR starting at its own 23 with 3:10 left, the Riders went 4-and-out including a 4th down pass break up by Webb to secure the victory for the home team.
The Cavs will face the winner of Saturday night's showdown between Salesianum and St. Mark's for the championship next Saturday at 7:30 inside Memorial Stadium on the Delaware State University campus. You can hear both of those games on 1150AM WDEL, WDEL.com, or the WDEL smartphone app.
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