WEST CHESTER, PA -
We've discussed Conwell-Egan Eagles running back Patrick Garwo on SFBN on numerous mediums. But it was Middletown Blue Raiders running back Brady Fox who stole the show at West Chester Bayard Rustin High School in the PIAA 3A football semifinal on Saturday afternoon.
Fox led the Blue Raiders with 25 carries for 176 yards and four touchdowns as Middletown dominated the Conwell-Egan Eagles, 49-7, to advance back to the 3A state championship game for the second year in a row.
On their first drive of the game, Middletown got a big 46-yard pass play from quarterback Scott Ash to wide receiver Tre Leach; that setup Fox's first score from a few years out. After the Blue Raiders defense held Conwell-Egan to a three-and-out, Middletown marched right back down the field and it was Lamar Ventura who capped off the drive with a 13-yard scamper to the end zone. Before the midway point of the first quarter, it was already 14-0 in favor of Middletown.
Another defensive stop by Middletown forced Egan to turn it over on downs and Fox finished the scoring in the first quarter with a long 56-yard touchdown run to make it 21-0.
Ash kept going to work, hitting 6’4” wide receiver Chris Plummer a couple of times late in the second quarter, including an 11-yard slant route into the end zone with just over a minute remaining in the half. Right before the end of the half, Conwell-Egan finally got on the board with a 77-yard connection from quarterback Alex Goldsby to running back Dajuan Harris, making it 28-7 at intermission.
But it was more of the same in the third quarter for Fox and Middletown. Fox added two more touchdowns in the frame to make it 42-7 after three quarters of play, thus putting the game away.
Middletown, who lost to District 7 champion Beaver Falls in last year's 3A state championship game, will take on this year's D-7 champ, the Quaker Valley Quakers, in the 3A state title game on Saturday, December 9 at noon. Quaker Valley handled District 10 champion Sharon, 43-23, in their semifinal matchup last Friday night.
Photo Credit: Jack E. Kapp