Football: Knights look to start 5-0 for the third straight year

The Middletown High School Varsity football team will travel to Tuscarora to take on the Titans at 7 pm tonight, with the Knights looking to go 5-0 for the third straight season.

The Knights have faced no tests thus far, excluding the 19-17 victory at Westminister, and this week will likely be no different. Middletown has won their last three games by a combined 134 points, and is poised to take down the Titans handily as well.

In last week’s 42-0 victory over Walkersville, MHS senior Bradley Rinehart filled the stat sheet. Accumulating 55 yards on 15 carries, along with three rushing touchdowns, and picking off three passes, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

The Knights were also the beneficiaries of an efficient pass game from MHS senior Tim Pirrone, who went 5-7 for 59 yards, and no interceptions.

The shutout was aided by both the Knights front line and secondary, MHS senior Tim Schumacher accumulated four tackles, and junior Alex Cartner had two and a half tackles.

The Knights offense will likely stick with the ground and pound strategy, after Rinehart’s three-touchdown game last week.

Tuscarora comes into the game displaying loads of confidence after taking down Frederick 40-18, and starting 4-0 for the first time since 2005. The Titans defense came up big last week, coming up with a safety and a 42-yard fumble recovery and touchdown return by Andrew Miller.