Who: Princeton (5-4) at Middletown (0-9)
When: Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Series history: Middletown and Princeton meet on the gridiron for the 49th time this Friday. Princeton holds a commanding 37-11 series lead over the Middies which began in 1967. This week, the Vikings look to recover from a 28-7 Week 9 setback at Mason, while the Middies look to avoid their first winless season is school history. The Middies have defeated the Vikings during their last two meetings (2015, 36-13, 2014, 35-7).
Elmo Lingrel (1923-44) has logged the most wins (149) of any Middletown football head coach in history. However, W. M. Jones (1918) boasts the highest winning percentage (.833). Jones only coached one season, and led the Middies to a 5-1 record that season. Neither of these head coach’s ever faced Princeton.
Chris Wells (2014-15) defeated Princeton twice, while Jason Krause (2008-10) and Troy Everhart (2011-13) boast 2-1 records against Princeton.
Legendary Princeton head coach Pat Mancuso (1959-96) led the Vikings for 37 years. Mancuso won three state championships and never logged a losing season during his historic run. Mancuso’s record against the Middies was an amazing 28-3, which also included 10 shutouts and one playoff win (1990).
Coaches: Lance Engleka (6-23 Overall, 0-9 at Middletown) is the 22nd head coach in Middletown history. Engleka is enjoying his second coaching stint with the Middies. He was the Middies’ offensive coordinator from 2011-12 prior to taking over the head coaching post in 2016.
Pat McLaughlin (5-4) is also in his first season as head coach at Princeton. McLaughlin spent the previous two seasons as the head coach at Reading, where he led the Blue Devils to a 9-2 record and the school’s first playoff appearance since 2006.
Next game: Week 1 of 2017 the Middies host Lima Sr. for the final scheduled game of the non-conference series.
Statistical nuggets: The Middletown Middies first took the field in 1912. This season’s team is No. 104. The Middies overall record is 645-330-38 (.636). Also, the Middies have played in 12 OHSAA playoff games in six postseason’s (1987, ‘89, ‘90, ‘09, ‘10, and ‘11). Their record in 6-6 in the postseason.
Middletown is a founding member of the Greater Miami Conference (1966-67), and has claimed five football championships (1973, ‘87, ‘89, ‘90, and ’10). The Middies have claimed the All-Sports Trophy twice (1967-68, 1975-76).
Princeton is also a founding member of the GMC, and have a league-leading 26 football championships to their credit. Colerain follows in second with 18, and finally the Middies are in third with five.
Senior Night: We congratulate and thank the following 17 Middies senior’s for their dedication and commitment to the program over the course of their prep career: Cam Winding (2), Jaevan Wright (4), Gage Truss (6), Elijah Johnson (10), Will Thomas (11), D’Juan Rice (13), SA Collins (17), Keandai Shields (21), JJ Fuller (22), Za’quan Lee (25), Marquise Petty (33), Keith Wayne (34), Cole Smith (37), Nolin Jackson (50), Nick Howard (51) Gary Beatty (56) and Darien Johnson (62).
Week 9 recap: Both the Middies and Hamilton were held scoreless during the opening quarter last week. Hamilton’s Zach Reese broke the game’s silence as he ripped-off a 77-yard score just a minute into the second quarter. Middletown senior kicker Cole Smith logged a 27-yard FG with just 0:50 remaining in the half, and the Middies crept within a 7-3 score at halftime.
Just two minutes into the third quarter Middletown junior RB Diondre Cooper scored on a 10-yard run to put the Middies up 10-7. This was their first lead since Shandon Morris’ 59-yard TD catch put the Middies ahead 7-0 in the first quarter over Lima Sr. in Week 1.
Following the Cooper score, Hamilton reeled-off 27 unanswered points in just over a quarter’s time. Hamilton defeated the Middies 34-10, and the Big Blue tightened the all-time series record to 36-29-3 (in favor of Middletown).
Collegiate commitments: Middletown senior kicker/punter Cole Smith is currently the only Middie verbally committed to continue his football career at the college level. Smith looks to kick for the University of Cincinnati next fall. Middletown will host Signing Day in February 2017. Please check www.middletownmiddies.com for the most up-to-date signing information.
Princeton scouting report: In Week 9, Princeton (5-4, 2-4) fell to Mason 28-7 on the Comets’ Senior Night.
The night belonged to the Comets as they scored the game’s first 28 points, and appeared to have a shutout in the books. However, with just 0:07 remaining Princeton senior QB Solomon Reed found junior WR Rafael Floyd for a 29-yard scoring strike to avoid the goose egg.
Mason dominated the line-of-scrimmage as the Comets churned out 269 rushing yards on 42 attempts. Comet senior RB Michael Kopaygorodsky had a game-high 14 carries for 131 yards and 2 TDs.
Senior RB Matt Sora added 17 rushes for 87 yards.
Princeton senior RB RaQuon Robinson rushed 17 times for 53 yards against Mason. Solomon Reed added 13 carries for 9 yards, and completed 15-of-28 passing attempts for 171 yards and 1 TD.
Princeton senior WR Raymond Kozlowski led the Vikings with eight receptions for 95 yards against the Comets. Senior CJ Henderson and junior Rafael Floyd both had two catches, and the lone Viking TD.
Overall, Viking senior QB Solomon Reed presents the most versatile offensive threat the Middies will focus on Friday night. Reed currently ranks second overall in the GMC passing yards (1647).
The senior WR duo Henderson and Kozlowski are tied for third in the conference with 530 receiving yards. Henderson also resides in eighth in the GMC with 856 all-purpose yards.
The defense is led by Kozlowski and senior Terrance Smith who have both registered 3 INTs this season. Junior LB Quincy Dawson has logged 2.5 sacks for the Vikings.