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Middletown football standout Sykes announces his college choice

Posted 1/23/19

Standout Middletown running back Richie Sykes announced over the weekend that he will play football at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

“I would like to thank my mom, my …

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Middletown football standout Sykes announces his college choice

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Standout Middletown running back Richie Sykes announced over the weekend that he will play football at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

“I would like to thank my mom, my father, my sister and my Aunt Steph for always motivating me to be great on and off the field. I would also like to thank my coaches, teammates, and the Middletown community for supporting me and pushing me to the limit every time I stepped on the field or weight room,” he said on Twitter on Sunday. “I am blessed and honored to announce I am 100 percent committed to play football at the Sacred Heart University. Go Pioneers.”

Sykes also had an offer from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Both schools play in the Northeast Conference. In fact, the two tied for the NEC title last season with 5-1 conference marks.

Sykes came to Middletown last season as a senior after playing previously at Red Land.

On Sept. 21, he scored five touchdowns in a 48-40 win over Steelton-Highspire: by run, pass, interception and kick return. He scored on a 5-yard pass, had scoring runs of 68 and 39 yards from scrimmage, returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown, and raced 88 yards on a kickoff return for his fifth score.

He was a Mid-Penn All Star first team playing defensive back, a Mid-Penn All Star first team as a return specialist, and a Mid-Penn All Star first team as a running back, and formed a potent rushing duo with Middletown’s all-time leading rusher, Jose Lopez.

Sykes ended his senior season with more than 1,200 rushing yards and 22 total touchdowns, including 15 on the ground.