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Cavaliers run by rival Jaguars 41-0 | USA Today High School Sports



MIDDLETOWN It didn’t take the Middletown football team very long to establish in their rivalry game with Appoquinimink on Friday night that they still are the team to beat in town.

Sophomore running back Kedrick Whitehead rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns and senior Frankie Datillo returned from a broken leg to score a touchdown as the Cavaliers cruised to a 41-0 victory over the Jaguars at Cavaliers Stadium.

“We try to look at every opponent we have as a faceless opponent,” Middletown head coach Mark DelPercio explained. “Our guys played a great game tonight and I’m proud of our effort.”

The Cavaliers (6-2 overall, 5-1 Flight A) got off to a blistering start behind Whitehead, who stepped up when Datillo broke his leg in the 2nd game of the season. On a 6-play, 75-yard opening drive that ended with a Vincent DelPercio 4 yard touchdown run, Whitehead did most the heavy lifting with 71 yards on 4 carries. He added scoring bursts of 33 and 23 yards to stake Middletown to a 28-0 lead after the first quarter.

“My offensive line was great tonight,” Whitehead said. “They might not be the biggest guys in the world, but they play smash-mouth football and we have the ammo to run the ball.”

After Whitehead and Amaunte Handy took turns wearing down the Appo defense with speed, it was time for Datillo to run down the clock.

“Frankie has really worked his tail off to get back in the line-up,” DelPercio said of his senior running back, who rushed for 42 yards on 7 carries and the three-yard touchdown to close out the scoring. “He’s been out for six weeks and to get him back and get him in the end zone was great to see.”

“It’s been a long six weeks,” Datillo admitted with a smile. “Kedrick did a great job of stepping up for me on offense and defense, but to be back out here with my brothers on the field, there’s nothing better.”

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