Farmington vs. Middletown football thoughts

I’ve only been covering Connecticut high school football for about a month now, but I have been excited for tonight’s game since I first heard about it.

No. 4 Middletown vs. No. 11? Farmington.

The first football game I covered this year was when the Blue Dragons traveled all the way up to Enfield to play Fermi. This was not going to be a game, but since Middletown has been ranked in the top five all season, they have to be covered. Middletown beat Fermi 43-8. There first real test of the season was supposed to be Hartford Public, but that didn’t pan out (41-7). Two weeks ago Middletown was tested in the first half by Bristol Central, but Dario Highsmith ran away in the second half totaling 346 yards, defeating Central 49-21.

Two weeks ago I went to Farmington for the best game of that week. The Indians hosted Windsor and pulled the upset 13-7. After beating Bristol Central last week 35-0, they set up an undefeated showdown with two of the top teams in the state, both 7-0.

After talking to Middletown coach Sal Morello a few times this year and watching his team play, I truely believe they are one of the top teams in the state. Highsmith might be the most dynamic quarterback in CT and with an expanded playbook, calling more passing plays to open up the run, the Blue Dragons will be fun to watch tonight.

Farmington had a tough time with Windsor (held them to 25 yards in the 2nd half; I believe), but handled Central with ease.

I won’t get into stats, but in my opinion this is the game of the week.

 

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Middletown vs. Maloney preview

I’m going back to Falcon Field in Meriden tonight, hopefully I don’t get lost again.

Two weeks ago I was there for Rocky Hill vs. Platt, which was supposed to be one of the best games of the week…it was not. Platt and Tyzhan Leatherwood beat Rocky Hill 47-14 to cement their place as one of the top teams in the CCC Division III. This weeks game does not live up to the hype of that one, but one of the top players in Connecticut is set to put on a show.

On October 4, I drove all the way up to Enfield to watch Middletown stomp Fermi 43-8. Dario Highsmith went nuts and he only played the first half (140 yards and 3 TD’s). He threw an interception, but it didn’t hurt the team. The entire second half, the Blue Dragons younger guys got a chance to play and prove what they have for the team and I don’t expect much different tonight.

Last week Highsmith rushed for 346 yards and two touchdowns while throwing five times completing all of them for two more scores, I don’t expect anything different tonight. Maloney knows he is the guy to stop, but they won’t be able to. Middletown has scored 242 points this season (Most in the CCC) an average of 40.3 per game and their defense has allowed just 50 points (8.3/game).

I can see this game being over after the first quarter, just like at Fermi. Middletown will score all their points in the first half and let the defense do the work in the second half. Highsmith will run for 200 yards, 3 TD’s and throw for 2 more. Middletown beats Maloney tonight 42-0 setting up an undefeated Division II West clash with Farmington next week.