In the match up of the week in high school football, Middletown and Caesar Rodney played a first half worthy of that title.
Less than a minute into the game, the Riders took the lead over the defending champs thanks to a 23-yard touchdown connection between QB Alex Kemp and TE Scott Brosius.
The rest of the first half consisted of long drives leading to zero points from both squads, even trading failed fourth down conversions driving deep in enemy territory.
The Cavaliers finally found the end zone late in the first half when Chris Godwin hit pay-dirt from 5-yards out, the extra-point put Middletown up 7-6, a lead they'd take with them to the locker room at the break.
The second half would be a completely different game, an unfortunate turn for the Riders, and one turn high school football fans have come to expect from the high-powered Cavaliers.
Middletown outscored the Riders 34-0 in the second half to improve to 2-0 on the season and send the Riders to 0-2 after consecutive losses to two of the state's best. Once the final whistle was blown, Cavalier QB Darius Wade and his favorite target Godwin had filled the stat sheet considerably.
Wade finished with 200 yards passing, with 3 touchdowns through the air, plus a running score. While Godwin was on the receiving end of each of Wade's TD passes, and added a fourth touchdown from the ground.
Now, each team enters week 3 headed in completely different directions. Middletown is 2-0 as expected, but coming off an impressive performance against a CR team that fell to Salesianum last week in overtime.
For the Riders, they will have little time dwell on their 0-2 start. Coming into the season, CR was expected to challenge for a state crown. And while both their losses have come to worthy opponents, their second half performance on Friday night has to be worrisome even if they were the victim of some bad bounces.
Now, they must prepare for a test in Hodgson next week. Hodgson is 1-1 coming off a victory over Mt. Pleasant a week after falling to Caravel by just a touchdown.
For Middletown, their next test won't likely come until week 7 when they take on A.I. duPont. The Cavaliers will take on Charter School of Wilmington next week, followed by Delcastle and William Penn before their meeting with the Tigers.