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Middletown junior high football has no problem with Palmyra

By Larry Etter, Press & Journal Staff
Posted 10/11/17

By Larry Etter

Press & Journal Staff

The Middletown junior high school football team posted a 28-0 shutout over visiting Palmyra at War Memorial Field on Oct. 4. The young Blue Raiders …

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Middletown junior high football has no problem with Palmyra

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The Middletown junior high school football team posted a 28-0 shutout over visiting Palmyra at War Memorial Field on Oct. 4. The young Blue Raiders scored touchdowns in all four quarters on their way to the victory. 

After being forced to punt seven plays into the game, Colin Shaffer’s kick rolled to the Palmyra 9 yard line, pinning the Cougars deep in their own territory. The Cougars came up a yard short  and set up in punt formation. A high snap cost the visitors 13 yards and the Raiders took over at the 5. 

Two plays later Odell Greene darted into the end zone from two yards out. Shaffer’s PAT gave the Raiders a 7-0 lead. 

Middletown’s second touchdown came three plays into the second quarter when Jaydon Wotring capped a 59-yard drive with a 10-yard run at the 6:40 mark. The kick was good and the home team led 14-0. 

The Middletown defense came up with play after play to keep the Cougars off the scoreboard. 

A late drive, aided by a 22-yard halfback pass from T.J. Daniels to Derek Wall, an 18-yard run by Tim Wagner and another catch by Wall, moved Middletown to the Palmyra 2 with time running out. Wotring was stopped a yard short of the goal line on the final play of the first half. 

The Raiders dodged a bullet in the third quarter after losing the ball on a muffed punt at their own 15. Three big defensive plays by Tymir Jackson pushed back the Cougars 25 yards and took away Palmyra’s scoring threat. 

Greene, Jackson and Wagner teamed for 35 yards on three runs and set up Greene’s 35-yard scoring run with 1:49 left in the third. Credit goes to the offensive line of Matt Mitchell, Jeremy Wells, Michael Tuffy, Nick Newton and Brock Welsh for giving the runners room to make the plays. The kick failed but the Blue Raiders were comfortably out in front with a 20-0 lead. 

The visitors mounted a drive that started late in the third quarter and carried into the fourth. But Jackson and Wells made three key defensive plays to stop the march at the Middletown 19. 

After Wagner picked up 6 yards on first down, Greene again showed his talents on the next play. Breaking away on a sweep Greene outran the Palmyra defense for a 75-yard touchdown run that put the game out of reach with 5:19 left. 

“I knew Greene was going to break a long one,” said coach Scott Pettis. 

Dylon Zettlemoyer’s two-point pass to Wagner pushed the lead to 28-0. 

After a three-and-out, the Raider defense forced another Palmyra punt and the offense controlled the ball by running nearly three minutes off the clock and gave their guests just 51 seconds left. The Cougars made it to the Middletown 34 as time ran out.

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