FARMINGTON >> Middletown never let Farmington breathe.
The No. 9 – ranked Blue Dragons held the Indians to a minus three yards rushing for the game and 34 yards total, while piling up 343 yards themselves in a 41-0 Central Connecticut Conference game played Saturday evening at Farmington High School.
Middletown (4-0) wasted no time taking control, scoring three times in the first quarter on a 45-yard interception return by Garrett Dandridge, a 36-yard pass from Stone Belzo (7-f or-9, 114 yards) to DeAaron Lawrence (5 catches, 66 yards), and a five-yard run by Xzavier Reyes (13 carries, 88 yards). Mike Aresco added all three extra points as MHS led 21-0 at the first turn.
“I like that we’re getting better,” said Middletown coach Sal Morello. “This was one of our better games and we continued the momentum from our good play last week [a 38-16 win over Hartford Public].
“I thought our defense was excellent and on offense we were very balanced and efficient. And I liked that we were very physical tonight.”
Middletown passed for 123 yards and ran for 220. All this in a game in which the final 17 plus minutes were played in running time. Once the Dragons’ margin reached 35 points, under the CIAC score management rules, the clock ran, stopping only for scores, timeouts and injuries.
The Dragons took a 28-0 half time lead on Reyes’ second touchdown of the night, this time on a one-yard run.
“We played well in all three phases of the game — offense, defense and special teams,” said Morello. “Our goal was to come ready to play because, as anyone can see by the scores this weekend, you have to come to play in the CCC every week. Our preparation all week long was great.”
Middletown continued its domination in the third, taking the opening kickoff and driving 58 yards in eight plays with Tyreece Lumpkin scoring from a yard out with 6:59 to play to take a 34-0 lead. Aresco missed his first extra point of the year (one other was blocked) as the kick sailed a tad wide right.
The Dragons finished the scoring after Mike Souza recovered a fumble on the ensuing kick at the Indians’ 21-yard line. Three plays later Lumpkin scored on a six yard run and order was restored to Middletown’s world when Aresco made the point.
Second string quarterback Jontae Dempsey played the fourth quarter and picked up 41 yards on the ground in five carries and was 1-for-2 passing for seven more.
Farmington (0-4) got into Middletown territory just once and that ended with an interception by Gage Davis at the Middletown 28-yard line.
Middletown is home with Bristol Central Friday at 6:30 p.m.