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Middletown - Timid.
That's the word East Lyme's first-year football coach Rudy Bagos used to describe his team's performance following Middletown's 41-14 win over the Vikings Sunday. The game was resumed in the second quarter after a thunderstorm suspended play at Middletown High's Rosek-Skubel Stadium Thursday night.
"I'm not sure why we were timid," Bagos said. "Maybe because of Middletown's high ranking. Middletown is big and strong and that's a tough combination. They're going to win a lot of games. Bur for whatever the reason, we played on our heels."
Middletown had 410 yards rushing on 53 carries, led by Dario Highsmith's 185 yards on 17 carries. Jamaal Jackson was 12-for-91 and Sal Fazzino was 11-for-84. Middletown was 4-for-5 passing for 38 yards.
Middletown took the lead Thursday night on the first of Highsmith's three touchdowns, a 71-yard run The Blue Dragons built the lead to 14-0 on a 1-yard run by Highsmith at 10:16 of the second, and Highsmith hit Jacob Homar with an 8-yard TD pass with five seconds left in the first half.
Middletown widened the lead to 28-0 on Highsmith's third TD, a 6-yard run.
East Lyme's Mark Chmielewski returned the kickoff from his 12 to the Middletown 25 and a personal foul call moved the ball to the 12. Two plays later, Ben Watts scored on a 5-yard run and Eric Stirtan added two-point conversion.
Middletown came right back with two more scores, a 12-yard run by Austin Meeker and a 6-yard run by Isaiah Thompkins on the first play of the four quarter to take a 41-8 lead. Van Uk kicked five of six extra points.
East Lyme scored with 10 seconds left on a 6-yard run by quarterback Mitchell Murphy.
East Lyme had 128 yards offense, all on the ground. Some 121 yards of that came on the game's opening and the game's final drive. Between those two drives Middletown held the Vikings to seven yards offense.
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• UConn beat Dartmouth 2-0 in a nonleague game. Julie Hubbard and Rachel Hill scored and Stephanie Ribeiro had an assist for UConn (5-3).
• Chloe Hunnable scored a pair of goals as No. 4 UConn beat Lafayette 4-0. Senior goalie Sarah Mansfield became the Huskies' all-time wins leader at 59-12, needing two saves to earn her 21st career shutout. Anne Jeute and Montana Fleming also scored for UConn (5-0).
• The Connecticut College coed team finished third out of 18 teams at the Penobscot Bay Open in Maine. Conn had 116 points, behind Vermont (112) and Tufts (115). Skipper Ellis Tonissi and Serena Cipullo were fifth in the A division with 69 points and skipper Bryce Kopp, Grace Medley and Ben Myers were second in the B division with 47 .
The Conn women's team was eighth in the 17-team Toni Deutsch Trophy Regatta in Boston. Skipper Liz Dubovik and Marina Sachs were fifth in the A division with 126 and Rebecca Quirke and Eliza Garry were ninth in the B division with 142.
• The Connecticut College men's team lost twice at Brown University Saturday, falling to MIT 18-7 and Navy 19-4. Robert Spencer had six goals, Carlos Heros had three goals and four steals and Nick DiLeo had three assists and six steals for Conn (1-5).