DOVER — After a scoreless first quarter marred by turnovers, Middleton turned to Earnest Mingo and Willie Clay to rout Class 2A-5 rival Strawberry Crest.
After Louis Trevino's 8-yard run gave Strawberry Crest a second-quarter lead, Clay tossed a 65-yard touchdown to Justin Sanders. After halftime, Mingo had TD runs of 65 and 10 yards as he carried for 144 yards on the night.
Strawberry Crest cut the lead to 21-13 on a Donnardo Fields 90-yard kickoff return for a TD, but Clay hit Wendell Lewis for a 37-yard score. Clay then added a third TD pass, to Demario Buie.
"I'm actually a little glad (the slow start) happened to us," Middleton coach Jason Stokes said. "We needed that to wake our kids up. We came out in the second half and played Tiger football, and I was proud of them for that."
Peter Pupello, Times correspondent