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Football Blue Raiders to play Lancaster Catholic in Class 3A playoffs

Posted 11/6/19

The Middletown football team now knows its opponent as it starts its journey toward a fourth straight state title game.

The No. 2 seed Blue Raiders will play No. 3 seed Lancaster Catholic (10-1) …

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Football Blue Raiders to play Lancaster Catholic in Class 3A playoffs

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The Middletown football team now knows its opponent as it starts its journey toward a fourth straight state title game.

The No. 2 seed Blue Raiders will play No. 3 seed Lancaster Catholic (10-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at War Memorial Field.

Lancaster Catholic beat No. 6 seed Bermudian Springs (6-5) on Friday, 30-7. Middletown earned a bye in the PIAA District III Class 3A championships.

On the other side of the bracket, No. 1 seed Wyomissing (10-0) also earned a bye. They will play host to No. 4 seed Annville-Cleona at 1 p.m. Saturday. Annville-Cleona defeated No. 5 seed Littlestown (7-4), 39-12 on Friday.

The winners of the two games will play at a date and time to be announced, on the field of the higher seed. The locations of the games are a change from previous years, when they were played at neutral sites.

The Blue Raiders have lost three straight seasons at Hersheypark when playing for the state title.

Last season, they fell to traditional power Aliquippa. In 2017, it was a loss to Quaker Valley. In 2016, Beaver Falls was victorious.

This season, their only loss to date was to Milton Hershey, which cost the Blue Raiders a fourth straight Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division title. Milton Hershey plays a quarterfinal game at home at 7 p.m. Friday against Conrad Weiser (6-5). The Spartans are the No. 2 seed in District III Class 4A.