No. 22 Middletown 34, Bristol Eastern 7
High School Football
Middletown 7 20 7 0 - 34
Bristol Eastern 0 0 0 7 - 7
LAST SCORING PLAY: Bristol Eastern's Alex Hunter scores on a 9-yard run.
M-Dario Highsmith 8 run (Mike Aresco kick), 3:22
M-Highsmith 74 run (kick failed), 11:46
M-Highsmith 54 run (Aresco kick), 3:29
M-Highsmith 47 run (Aresco kick), :49.4
M-Hunter Belzo 54 run (Aresco kick), 9:35
BE-Alex Hunter 9 run (Jeremey Meccariello kick), :58.6
FOURTH QUARTER: Bristol Eastern falls to 1-2 on the season after falling to Middletown. ... Eastern avoids the shutout as Alex Hunter scores on a nine-yard run with under a minute to play. ... Eastern punts the ball back to Middletown. ... Darieyn Tate's blocks the field goal attempt and the score remains 34-0. ... Middletown has a second and six from the Eastern 9 with 11:15 to go.
THIRD QUARTER: Eastern fumbles and Middletown recovers. ... Middletown's Hunter Belzo scores on a 54-yard run for a 34-0 lead with 9:35 to go. ... Eastern punts on first possession of second half.
HALFTIME: Middletown's Dario Highsmith has 214 yards on 13 carries with four touchdowns. Bristol Eastern's Gerry Ouellette has 82 yards on 24 carries. Tommy Curtin is 0-for-3 passing with an interception.
SECOND QUARTER: Middletown get the ball back before halftime, but misses a field goal as time expires. ... Middletown's Dario Highsmith does it again, this time scoring from 47 yards out. ... Alex Hunter now in at quarterback for Eastern, but the Lancers give the ball back. ... Middletown's Dario Highsmith breaks another long touchdown run, this time 54 yards for a 20-0 lead with 3:29 to go. ... Eastern is intercepted by Middletown and the Dragons return it 40 yards to change field position with four minutes to go. ... Eastern has a second and goal from the 3 with 5:02 to go and Middletown calls a timeout. ... Eastern calls a timeout right after Middletown, so still first and goal. ... Eastern has a first and goal from the four with 5:24 to go. Timeout Middletown. ... Eastern's Gerry Ouellette has run the Wildcat on the entire drive. ... Eastern is driving and has the ball at the Middletown 20 with 8:46 to go. .. Middletown's Dario Highsmith scores on a 74-yard touchdown run just 14 seconds into the quarter.
FIRST QUARTER: Eastern punts the ball back to Manchester as first quarter comes to an end. ... Eastern fumbles and Middletown recovers, setting up a Dario Highsmith eight-yard touchdown run for the Blue Dragons with 3:22 to go. ... Middletown, who has racked up 20 penalty yards so far, forced to punt again. ... Eastern is forced to punt the ball back to Middletown. ... Middletown forced to punt and Bristol Eastern will take over. ... Bristol Eastern wins coin toss, but defers to second half. Middletown will start with the ball.
GAME NOTES: Bristol Eastern is 1-1 this season with a victory over Hartford Public and a loss to Berlin, while Middletown is 1-1 this year with a win over East Lyme and a loss to Wethersfield. Full preview coverage at bristolpress.com/sports