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4th Down Magazine Player of Week: Middletown’s Julio Rodriguez

By 4th Down Staff: 

Middletown? A passing team?

Yes, you saw that right. And by you, we mean the fans who voted for quarterback Julio Rodriguez, the first 4th Down Magazine Player of the Week of 2020.

Rodriquez put up a ton of points on the scoreboard Friday night and grabbed a ton of props in a wild fan vote. We’ll start with the latter, where Rodriquez won a shootout with Brody Robinson (Pine Grove) fans, 2,311 votes to 2,146. Those are monster numbers in these parts. Keep it up.

As for why Rodriguez got the nod? He simply threw for four touchdowns of 31, 51, 23 and 25 yards during a 54-19 rout of Mid-Penn newcomer Juniata, completing 11-of-13 passes for 185 yards. (To Robinson’s credit, he produced a monster 21 tackles in a 16-9 loss to Jim Thorpe, which broke a week-old PG record set by Josh Leininger, 19.)

Rodriquez accounted for 39.8% of this week’s 5,812 votes, besting Robinson’s 36.9%. Way back in third this week was Hershey K-WR Joey Corado

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