Key shows grit, but falls short against Middletown Eagles win respect in 21-13 defeat


MIDDLETOWN -- The Francis Scott Key Eagles traveled to Middletown believing they could beat the undefeated Knights.

That fact alone shows just how far the program has come this season.

And there the Eagles were, lining up for the tying extra point with 5:11 left in regulation.

The Eagles instead went for the win with holder and backup quarterback Brad Stonesifer faking and looking across the middle in the end zone, but his pass through traffic went in and out of the hands of Mitch Plank.

Middletown nailed down the win after it got the ball back. Running back Jon Tobery (138 yards) finally busted loose with a 54-yard touchdown run with 3:20 left to lead the Knights to a 21-13 win over a Key team (3-3) that left Middletown (6-0) with plenty of respect.

It was Tobery's his third touchdown of the night.

"It feels good inside just to know we held with those guys. It's a great accomplishment for our team," said Key running back Cortney Woodyard, who ran for 126 yards.

Trailing 14-7 in the third quarter, Key quarterback Jordan Chiaruttini ran left on a keeper to get the Eagles within one. A big decision followed.

"The coaches and also the kids have input on whether to go for the tie or the win and we decided to go for the two," said Key coach Mike Coons. "Our kids believe they can play with anyone. First and foremost it's a loss, but I'm proud of these guys."

The score was tied, 7-7, at the half before Middletown took their first lead in the third taking advantage of a Key turnover that gave them the ball on the Eagles' 16-yard line. Tobery needed four carries to get the ball in the end zone, plunging in from the 1.

Middletown had a pretty good idea from the start, it was in for a tough one last night. The Knights chose to defer on the opening kickoff and the Eagles were quick to take advantage.

It was Cortney Woodyard up the middle for five to the Key 33-yard line. Quarterback Jordan Chiaruttini then found Jason Davis in the flat for 30. Woodyard went left for 29 to the Middletown eight and two plays later, Chiaruttini found David Norwood in the corner of the end zone for the score.

The balanced, five-play, 72-yard drive took a little more than two minutes with Bobby Bollinger adding the extra point to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead.

L Middletown got even on a 3-yard run by Tobery in the second.

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