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Middletown Midgets win and advance in playoffs as Ponies fall

Posted 11/1/17

The Middletown Blue Raider Midgets won their first game in the CFA playoffs over the weekend, advancing to play the Susquehanna Indians in the semifinals.

The Ponies failed to advance, losing to …

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Middletown Midgets win and advance in playoffs as Ponies fall

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The Middletown Blue Raider Midgets won their first game in the CFA playoffs over the weekend, advancing to play the Susquehanna Indians in the semifinals.

The Ponies failed to advance, losing to New Cumberland, 14-7.

For the second week in a row, the Raiders Midgets faced the Hummelstown Bulldogs. They won last week 32-0, but this game was much closer, resulting in a 14-8 win for Middletown (7-2)

On the opening play after the kickoff, Raider running back Audric Bryant exploded for a 25-yard gain down the sideline.

Tailback Bamm Appleby gained another 20 yards on two carries and the Raiders found themselves on the Bulldog 10 yard line. However, a penalty prevented the Raiders from scoring and the Bulldogs took over on offense.

The ball would go back and forth several times with neither team scoring.

The Bulldogs scored the first points of the game on a 7-yard run. They made the extra point kick and it was 8-0 as the half ended.

In the third quarter, defensive lineman Tajae Broadie batted a Bulldog pass and defensive end Asa Kochvar grabbed the ball out of the air for an interception. Kochvar stiff-armed defenders and rambled for 20 yards.

Despite not scoring after the interception, it was the spark the Raiders needed.

The Raiders after a bad snap on a punt took over on the Bulldog 3 yard line. Tate Leach on a QB sneak drove his way into the end zone to make it 8-6. Broadie blasted the kick through the uprights and tied the game up 8-8.

In the fourth quarter, Leach took a QB sweep around the left side following his blockers into the end zone, putting the Raiders up 14-8 and closing out the scoring.

The semifinal will be played at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at Lower Dauphin Middle School. The winner advances to the Super Bowl.


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