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Four Raiders picked as all-state football

Posted 1/9/19

Four Middletown Blue Raiders football players recently were named to the Pa. Football Writers’ All-State team for Class 3A.

Junior running back Jose Lopez, already Middletown’s …

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Four Raiders picked as all-state football

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Four Middletown Blue Raiders football players recently were named to the Pa. Football Writers’ All-State team for Class 3A.

Junior running back Jose Lopez, already Middletown’s all-time leading rusher, was picked for the team, along with three seniors — defensive lineman Cole Senior, his second straight selection, and linebacker Gage Radabaugh and offensive lineman Ethan Miller.

Lopez has 4,420 career rushing yards, and he broke the record in the Class 3A state title game Dec. 8, a 35-0 loss to Aliquippa. He moved past Brady Fox’s total of 4,372 and Jaelen Thompson’s 3,818. Fox played from 2014-2017, and Thompson from 2013-2016.

The four  were instrumental in Middletown’s third straight trip to the 3A title game. The team lost 30-13 to Beaver Falls in 2016 and 41-24 to Quaker Valley in 2017.

Names familiar to Middletown fans dotted the all-state team, including several from Aliquippa — quarterback Eli Kosanovich, running back Avante McKenzie (who scored four touchdowns against Middletown), wide receiver Will Gipson, defensive linemen Solvauhn Moreland and Elijah Mike and defensive back M.J. Devonshire, who was named Player of the Year. Aliquippa coach Mike Warfield was picked as Coach of the Year.

Several other players from teams Middletown beat in the playoffs were honored, including Scranton Prep quarterback Lee O’Boyle and Conwell-Egan running back Patrick Garwo.