Middletown made their way across the C&D Canal hoping to steal a win and a bye-week for the upcoming DIAA tournament--instead Hodgson's defense played lights-out and CJ Henry found late paydirt as the Silver Eagles defended home turf against the visiting Cavaliers, 14-7.
Both teams averaged more than 37 points per game, offensively, and had only let two teams score more than once on defense heading into the Saturday morning matchup.
Of the two sides of the ball, the defenses showed up in spades.
The scoreboard saw goose eggs until the 2nd quarter when a penalty flag set Drew Fry up for a short scamper into the endzone for the 7-0 lead.
Hodgson would drive late, heading into the half, but come up empty-handed. After the intermission was a different story as the Silver Eagles came out looking to get on the board.
The 3rd quarter is when Coach Frank Moffett and company found their stride in the ground game, which directly lead to a short Bobby Arnold score, bringing Hodgson within striking distance.
The score would stand at 7-6 until the last three minutes of play.
Sophomore signal-caller CJ Henry put on a 'shake and bake' display in a crucial drive late to give the Silver Eagles the lead before a trick play to Elizjah Lewis sealed a seven-point lead with 2:228 left in regulation.
One last defensive stop and the fat lady started belting--Hodgson finished off a perfect regular season, finished with a 7.6 points-per-game against average and secured the DIAA Division I, Flight 'A' Championship.
Middletown has absolutely nothing to hang their head about as they finish the season with an 8-2 record--those losses coming to the Flight 'A' champs and the third best high school football team in the country.
Both teams are tournament-bound but Middletown's loss should open the door for Dover to join Hodgson on the bye-week while Appoquinimink played their way in against William Penn.
Therefore, Hodgson will take the week to rest whilst Middletown tentatively prepares to host Salesianum, again.
Official DIAA tournament brackets will be released on Sunday, November 11, 2018.