Game footage of senior, Mike Aresco, breaking a Connecticut field goal record with his 44 yard FG in the 3rd quarter. He now holds the record of most career field goals with 22, surpassing the previous record holder of 21. #BleedBlue #cthsfb pic.twitter.com/hlcoa4bxOi
— Middletown Athletics (@MHSBlueDragons) November 11, 2017
MIDDLETOWN — Stone Belzo threw three touchdown passes, Tyreece Lumpkin ran for 119 yards and Mike Aresco set a state career field record at 22 with a 43-yard field goal as No. 8 Middletown hammered Platt 51-20 at Rosek-Skubel Stadium Friday night.
The Blue Dragons (9-0), who clinched their sixth-consecutive Class L playoff berth with the victory, raced to a 21-0 first quarter lead on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Belzo (10-for-18, 184 yards) to Branden Godwin, a 32-yard TD strike from Belzo to DeAaron Lawrence (eight catches, 135 yards) and a 14-yard TD run by Lumpkin.
“Belzo had a great night, especially considering the windy weather,” said Middletown coach Sal Morello. “And Tyreece did a great job. He finds the end zone in every game and he’s a tough runner. What impresses me about him is his balance.”
Platt struck on a 52-yard pass from A.J. Marinelli to Tremayne Carter midway through the second quarter, But Middletown answered immediately with a six-play, 74-yard drive that ended with a 27-yard TD pass from Belzo to Lawrence that gave Middletown a 28-6 lead at the half.
The Dragons extended the lead to 35-6 on a 34-yard TD run by Lumpkin with 8:08 left in the third.
Platt got a four-yard TD run by Zavian Arroyo with 5:29 to go in the third to cut the lead to 35-13, but Aresco nailed his record-breaking 43-yard field goal with 2:06 and MHS was coasting 38-13 after three.
“What a great high school career Mike has had,” said Morello. He’s missed only three field goals. He means so much to us. With everything else being equal, he gives us an advantage in that he kicks the ball out of the end zone on top of being a great placekicker.”
Middletown got fourth quarter touchdowns on a five-yard pass from Jonta’e Dempsey to Kenny Fountain and a 36-yard run by Jaymin Torres. Platt got a fourth period score on a five-yard run by Sean Bell (11 carries, 99 yards).
Middletown finished with 392 yards offense, 208 on the ground — Xzavier Reyes had 50 yards on 10 carries — and 189 in the air. Platt (4-5) had 228 yards.
Middletown plays at Windsor on Thanksgiving Eve.