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Middies Crush Port Jervis In Battle Of Unbeatens



PORT JERVIS – The Erie Bell is a big deal.

The prize awarded to the winner of the Middletown-Port Jervis high school football game – going strong for 142 years now – is a big deal.

So when the two teams met in their annual matchup on Friday night, it wasn’t just the latest installment of the rivalry. It was a much-anticipated, much-hyped battle of two 5-0 teams, adding yet another element to the encounter.

It was much ballyhooed.

And not much of a game.

Middletown scored the first 50 points of the game – in the first half – and rolled over Port Jervis, 57-14, to keep the Bell for the sixth consecutive year.

Robert Denson rushed for 133 yards and scored three touchdowns. The Middies were so efficient that offensive tackle Tyler LaCatena lined up as an eligible receiver and caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from Dalton Howell.

Middletown’s defense picked off Port Jervis quarterback Logan Hammock four times.

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