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SHAMROCKED: Raiders' first-half blitz too much for Trinity, 36-8

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Asked what his week was like leading up to Middletown's Capital Division clash with visiting Trinity on Friday, Oct. 10, Blue Raider Coach Brett Myers answered with a telling reply: “It was a week following a loss.”

Myers was referring, of course, to his team’s setback against Milton Hershey the previous week, a game in which the Raiders saw their chances for an upset fade away in the second half. So Myers and his staff had to again challenge their team to step up its level of play in preparation of its meeting with Trinity.

And the hard work and determination the staff got from the players paid huge dividends. The Raiders absorbed an early shot by the Shamrocks before staging a dominating comeback and posting an impressive 36-8 victory under the lights at War Memorial Field.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 16:26

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GOT 'ER DONE: Strong second half leads LD over Wildcats, 38-21

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After a half filled with highs and lows, missed opportunities in the red zone and a missed defensive assignment that led to the opponent's first touchdown, Lower Dauphin Coach Rob Klock issued this halftime message to his team in the locker room: I am feeling frustrated.

Frustrated that offensive drives stall and scoring opportunities slip away. Frustrated that each defensive mistake seems to result in the ultimate football punishment: A touchdown by the opposition. Frustrated that his Falcons only led Mechanicsburg by three points, 17-14, at the half.

"I thought we were better than three points better than that team,'' Klock said. "We really should have had two more touchdowns. We need to wake up and find some consistency.''

The Falcons did awaken in the second half, scoring two touchdowns in the third quarter by mixing an effective passing attack with a strong running game to subdue the Wildcats, 38-21 on Friday, Oct. 10 in Mechanicsburg.

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Raiders beat Bears, 3-1, in boys' high school soccer, eye District 3 playoffs

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Eddie Arnold scored his first hat trick of the season, single-handedly laying waste to Northern York's defense as Middletown beat the Polar Bears, 3-1 in a boys' soccer game on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at War Memorial Field.

It was the fifth victory in a row for the Blue Raiders, (12-5, 7-4 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division), who are poised to qualify for the District 3 Class AA playoffs. The Raiders were rated ninth in the district's power rankings, with the top 18 teams qualifying for a playoff spot.

It was a special night for the Raiders, who honored hometown soccer hero Ben Olsen, a Middletown grad and pro soccer star who currently coaches Major League Soccer's DC United.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 16:18

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RESILIENT: Rollers win again, corral West Perry, 34-7

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Roller football is back.

After a tumultuous 1-4 start to its season, Steelton-Highspire's playoff hopes were hanging on a thread. Then last week, the Rollers claimed a potential season-saving win over Camp Hill on Cottage Hill, knocking the Lions down from their top spot in the District 3 Class A ratings.

The Rollers brought that same intensity with them to Elliotsburg on Friday, Oct. 10, crushing West Perry, 34-7.
Steel-High Coach Andrew Erby hopes the second straight win is just the start of a winning streak.

“We’re just getting ready,” Erby said. “We’re getting this group up to speed. They have been making progress.”

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 16:14

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Raiders' JV soccer squad finishes year undefeated

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The Middletown junior varsity boys' soccer squad completed an amazing undefeated season, including seven consecutive victories, when it defeated Waynesboro, 3-1 on Saturday, Oct. 11 in Middletown.

The fortunes of the junior varsity Blue Raiders (13-0-4) are important because the varsity squad will graduate 12 seniors after the season ends.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 16:05

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