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GROUNDED: Raiders stymied by Boiling Springs, 28-13

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Flying high one week, grounded the next.  

Such was the fate of the Middletown Area varsity football team in the past two weeks. After claiming a big win against Elizabethtown in Week No. 3 of the current scholastic season, the Blue Raiders were rudely brought down to earth on Friday, Sept. 19 as visiting Boiling Springs shocked the locals with a 28-13 win.  

The main factor in the loss for the Raiders (2-2, 0-1 in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division) was the inability to stop Bubbler running back John Vaughn, who surprisingly ran through the Middletown defense for 215 yards and four touchdowns behind a solid offensive line that controlled the line of scrimmage throughout.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 19:57

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UNBEATEN: Falcon linemen shine in 30-15 win over Indians

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Here's a sign that your offensive line is playing well: On fourth-and-inches, it opens a hole in the opposing defensive line so big that your running back dashes 58 yards for a touchdown.

Why settle for inches when you can gain yards?

That's what Lower Dauphin's offensive line did against Susquehanna Twp., the first Keystone Division rival it met so far this season in Mid-Penn Conference football. On fourth-and-inches, the opening that Falcon running back George Hatalowich saw was so big that he ran through it and beyond – 58 yards beyond, for the first touchdown of the game about midway through the first quarter.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 19:58

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ANOTHER OVERTIME: Rollers fall to Spartans on blocked kick, 27-26

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Deja vu? As the buzzer signaling the end of regulation rang at Cottage Hill on Friday, Sept. 19, Steelton-Highspire found itself in the same position it was in the week before – a tie game.

This time, the Rollers were hoping for the same outcome against Milton Hershey that they earned against Newport seven days prior – a victory. They didn't get it.

Milton Hershey edged Steel-High, 27-26 in overtime, handing the Rollers (1-3, 0-1 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division) their first loss in league play at War Veterans Memorial Field.

“We didn’t give up. We didn’t quit. We fought to the end,” Roller Coach Andrew Erby said. “It is unfortunate, but it was a hell of a ball game from both teams and a good effort – but at the end of the day we came up short.”

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 19:54

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ROAD WARRIORS: Raiders' travels rewarded with victories

It was a very busy week for the Middletown Area Blue Raiders' boys' soccer team – four matches, three of which were long header9 24 14road trips.

Middletown (5-3, 1-3 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division) won all four, allowing only 3 goals with two shutouts mixed in the middle.

The week started in Newville against Big Spring.

Middletown's Blake Gill got things going with a goal in the second minute on an assist by Brendan Dintiman – then he did it again just seven minutes later to stake the Blue Raiders to a quick 2-0 lead.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 15:27

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State champ LD roars to victory over Raiders in field hockey

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Middletown goalkeeper Sidonie LaPlante made 24 saves in an attempt to stop an offensive onslaught by two-time defending Class AAA state champion Lower Dauphin – but the Falcons prevailed, 8-0 in a field hockey game on Monday, Sept. 15 at Hummelstown.

Lower Dauphin's Maddie O'Neill scored three goals – two in the first half – and Gini Bramley added two second-half goals for the Falcons (8-0, 6-0 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Keystone Division). Falcon goalkeeper Katie Lammando shut out the Blue Raiders (2-7, 0-6).

The Raiders lost another division game to rival Red Land, 1-0 on Friday, Sept,. 19 in Middletown. Carina Potteiger's first-half goal proved to be the game-winner.

The Raiders also lost a close 1-0 game to Big Spring on Wednesday, Sept. 17 in Middletown.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 15:13

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