Players will earn five points per game ball. 4th Down will feature the player with the highest point total heading into the PIAA semifinals. We may even throw in a little swag for the overall winner.
Andy Shay's Game Balls:
Brady Fox, RB, Middletown: There was a time this season when Fox was on the shelf and stable mate Jose Lopez carried the load for the Blue Raiders. For the second consecutive week Lopez is on the shelf and Fox, the all-time leading rusher in Middletown history, had very little problem shouldering the load. Fox helped propel Middletown to it second consecutive appearance in the state championship game with 160 yards and four touchdowns in a semifinal victory over Conwell-Egan. Fox has seven touchdowns in the last two state playoff games.
Jarvai Flowers, WR, Steel-High: The Rollers committed too many mistakes to earn a berth in the Class 1A state championship game. Flowers’ big day kept the Rollers in the hunt right until the bitter end, though. On the very first snap from scrimmage Flowers hauled in a 65-yard touchdown pass. He added a late 77-yard bomb from Malachi Young in the fourth quarter that made it 20-14. Those were his only two catches of the day, totaling 142 yards, he also added 32 yards on the ground to finish with 174 yards on five touches (34.8 per touch) and both Rollers touchdowns.
Middletown Blue Raiders defense: I’m not a fan of the team game ball, but to be honest I’m tired of trying to pick out standouts from this group. It’s hard enough trying to find one or two guys to credit with a tackle on most plays because they almost always have 3-4 guys getting up from a pile after swarming to the football. Conwell-Egan has a stud tailback in Patrick Garwo. That’s nothing new for the Blue Raiders D this season. They’ve faced a laundry list of talented running backs and shut them down. Garwo did manage to rip off one big run of more than 30 yards. And yet he still finished with fewer than 65 total yards on the ground and the Blue Raiders won by 42 points in a state semifinal. And trust me, they were miffed at giving up that first-half touchdown.