The Middletown Cavaliers are headed to the DIAA State Championship game after defeating the Dover Senators 63-40 on Saturday night.

The Middletown Cavaliers are headed to the DIAA State Championship game after defeating the Dover Senators 63-40 on Saturday night.

The Cavs dynamic offense was led by quarterback Darius Wade and running back Jordan Griffin, who both made huge contributions toward Middletown’s 63 points.

From the beginning it looked as if it was going to be Middletown’s night. The Cavaliers led by a 12-0 score only three minutes into the game. However, Dover as they have all season long, fought back until the bitter end.

Dover running back Donovan Cain scored twice in the 1st quarter putting the Senators behind by only six at the end of the quarter, 20-14.

While the Senators fight and clawed their way back into the game, Middletown’s offense was virtually unstoppable. Every time Dover was able to make a dent in the Cavalier lead, the Senator defense couldn’t find an answer for the Middletown offense.

The Senators and Cavaliers combined for 28 points in the last three minutes of the first half. During that time Dover would finally catch a break and force a turnover. Nick Spadafino intercepted a Darius Wade pass with under a minute to go that led to a Donovan Cain 4-yard rushing touchdown with just 14.8 seconds left in the half. Dover would miss the extra-point after taking a costly false-start penalty on the first attempt. The teams headed into halftime with Middletown leading 35-34.

The second half would belong the Middletown Cavaliers, as they’d outscore the Senators 28-6.

Aaron Brant, Jordan Griffin, Jamar Baynard and Darius Wade all scored for the Cavs in the second half.  While the Senators never gave up, the Middletown offense was just too much for them to handle in the second half.

The loss for Dover ends a successful yet bittersweet season for the Senators. Coming into the season expectations weren’t high for this Dover team but they found away to make it within a game of the state championship

“The kids played hard tonight, they didn’t give up,” said Dover Head Coach Carlton Brown. “(Middletown) made the plays when they needed to make them we fought our way back into it, it just wasn’t enough.”

“I told my seniors they made their mark on this program,” said Brown. “We got a lot of young kids who got to experience this, now we go back to work and look toward next season.”

Regardless of the outcome, Dover can be proud of their season. A sentiment coach Brown shared after the game.

“I’m proud of them,” said Brown. “They fought and never gave up.”

“What we saw from Dover tonight is what we’ve seen all year from them,” said Middletown Head Coach Mark DelPercio. “Coach Brown and his staff have done an outstanding job with that team, they’re an outstanding football team.”

Middletown was able to bounce back after ending the season with two losses, and fighting off a tough Dover team on Saturday night.

“It was a back-and-fourth game,” said DelPercio. “At times your head was spinning, going up and down the field so much.”

DelPercio stressed the importance of his team coming out to play in the second half when he addressed them at halftime when the score was 35-34.

“We had to win the second half tonight,” said DelPercio. “We were able to do that, and I’m real proud of our guys.”

Middletown will now face Newark in the championship game next week, after Newark took care of Salesianum on Friday night.