Middletown (5-0, 2-0) began the second half with a 14-3 lead over Hamilton (3-2, 1-1) behind the strength of a Jalin Marshall 9-yard run and a Cody Quinn 89-yard kickoff return. It looked as if it would be smooth sailing from there, but it wasn't quite that easy.
On the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter Hamilton running back Devin Jarrett would go 80 yards on a brilliant run that found the end zone. The extra point was missed, but it pulled the Big Blue to within five at 14-9.
After forcing a Middletown punt on the ensuing series it appeared as if the game's momentum was shifting. Jarrett would break lose again on the next drive for another 64 yards all the way to the Middies' 34. The senior was sensational with 220 yards on 24 carries in the contest. It looked as if the Big Blue line was taking control and on their way to grab the lead. However, a fumbled pitch on the next play was recovered by Middletown. It was all they needed to find their rhythm on offense as sophomore William Peters became the focal point of the offense.
Middletown marched downfield quickly as Geovanny McKnight hit Peters up the sideline for a 32-yard touchdown on a 4th-and-9 play to capitalize on the Hamilton miscue in about two minutes.
--Postgame: Williams Peters, Middletown
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Hamilton responded with another big play on the next drive as quarterback Brian Cleckley found Chris Tarrant for 64-yard completion all the way to the Middies' 18-yard line. Once again the Big Blue fumbled, foiling another potential scoring drive.
Hamilton had another opportunity to cut the lead to begin the fourth when defensive back Frank Frazier intercepted Cleckley with the score standing at 21-9.
Peterson would provide the final nail in the coffin as he went 87 yards all the way to Hamilton five. Wayne Gregory would finish off the drive with a 5-yard run making it 28-9 Middies with 11:16 left in the tilt. Peters would finish the night with 160 yards rushing and 218 all-purpose yards on 13 touches.
With their spirit broken and five turnovers against them, Hamilton gave up two more fourth score in what was a tightly contested affair for three stanzas to end in a one-sided 42-9 final.
For the Middies Alec Fultz had two fumble recoveries and Jaylen Herring and Dylan Rowe each had one. The Big Blue had no takeaways on the evening.
Middletown heads to Sycamore (4-1, 2-0) next week in a game that has serious playoff implications. Hamilton hosts Lakota West (1-4, 0-2) as they look to rebound and stay the course.
Written by: Greg Shoemaker, TriStateFootball.com