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MIDDLETOWN >> Mike Aresco kicked himself into the record books Friday night.
The Middletown placekicker tied a state record by kicking four field goals, including a 52-yarder — to lead No. 8 ranked Middletown to a 40-0 win over Farmington in front of 1,000 spectators at Rosek-Skubel Stadium.
Aresco had field goals of 30, 25 and 42 yards before kicking the 52-yarder in the fourth quarter.
He was also 4-for-4 on extra points and had nine kickoffs, eight of which went the end zone for touchbacks. The ninth was an onsides kick which MHS recovered.
“He’s a weapon,” Middletown coach Sal Morello said. “I’m not sure people understand how hard it is for a high school team to put together an 80-yard drive. But when we force a team to start at its own 20 on every possession, that’s a big advantage.
“Those last two field goals were amazing. He actually kicked the turf before he kicked the 42-yard one. He knuckleballed it through the uprights. But he hit that last one just right. I’m an old kicker and the sound, the thud, when he kicks it is something. He’s special.”
Aresco said the last field goal was perfect.
“Everything was right,” he said. “My holder [Trevor Getek] did a perfect job, like always, and it felt perfect when I hit it. It felt great … and 52 yards, that’s crazy.”
It was Aresco who got the Blue Dragons on the board in the first quarter, turning a Farmington fumble into a 30-yard field goal and a 3-0 MHS lead. Farmington again fumbled on its first play from scrimmage after the field goal, and this time Middletown’s Tyshaun James ran 13 yards for the touchdown and with Aresco’s kick, the Dragons led 10-0 just 62 seconds into the game.
Aresco added a 24-yard field goal with 4:36 left in the quarter and James capped the first quarter scoring when he hit Justin McMillian on a 59-yard strike with 1:49 left in the quarter.
Middletown (6-0) added a touchdown just before the half on another James-to-McMillian bomb, this one from 54 yards out to lead 27-0 at the break.
“What Aresco also does for us is allow us to play with a short field,” Morello said. “We don’t have to force things, we don’t have to always go for it on fourth down. It’s a great weapon for us to have.”
Ibn Lombardo (13 carries, 80 yards) scored on a 6-yard run midway through the third quarter and with 5:25 left in the third, Aresco nailed his third field goal, this one from 42 yards out.
Aresco’s 52-yard NFL quality kick came with 5:10 left to play.
James finished with 95 yards on 16 carries and he threw for 150 more completing eight of 19 passes.
“It wasn’t Tyshaun’s best game; he forced some things,” said Morello. “But I don’t worry about him. I thought Ibn played very well; he ran hard. He’s a tough kid.”
Middletown’s defense held Farmington (1-5) to 14 yards on the ground. Quarterbacks Zac Conrad and Brooks Mihalek combined to go 7-for-21 for 150 yards, 83 of which came on one play. Middletown had three interceptions and recovered two Farmington fumbles.
“I was very happy we really eliminated penalties tonight,” said Morello. “Makes me think we did something right the past two weeks. I thought we played solid defensively and although we had 40 points, we could have had more what with their early turnovers. But we have Aresco.”