middletown football

middletown footballMIDDLETOWN, NJ – For the first time in 100 years, it will not be just the current student-athletes at Middletown North and Middletown South facing each other on the gridiron. This August, it will be the alumni of Middletown North and Middletown South that will meet on the gridiron for real full pads football action!  For exactly 100 years, spectators have lined up along the fences and in the bleachers to watch football in Middletown. They have witnessed countless classic clashes between the Lions of Middletown North and the Eagles of Middletown South.

Perhaps one of the biggest rivalries in the state of New Jersey, Middletown North and Middletown South play every year on Thanksgiving with the winner enjoying a great Thanksgiving meal as the loser is forced to taste defeat.  What better way to celebrate that 100 year football history, than by starting a new tradition that includes so many of the former players that have made the rivalry great throughout the years.  That new tradition begins under the lights at 7 PM this August 15th, when Middletown North travels to “The Swamp” to face Middletown South.

The game has been announced with a great deal of excitement from players and fans from both sides of the rivalry.  Each team has full rosters and have begun practicing.  To make the event and environment even more exciting alumni Cheer-leading squads and Bands from both schools have begun to organize in anticipation of the game.

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The Middletown North side will be captained by former standout running back and Middletown North’s all time leading rusher, Paul Costillo (1995).  As well as defensive end Justin Fumando (2000), many fans are also looking forward to watching RB/FB Pat Toland (Virginia) of 1984. The Middletown South side will be captained by former All-Shore offensive lineman Jon Valentine and is filled with many talented former State Champions. Both teams will have around 50 players on their rosters.  And each time boasts growing coaching staffs of former coaches as well.  The game is organized by OT Football (www.otfootball.com) who promotes the event and provides the equipment, field insurance, and everything else necessary to play the game.

The first annual North vs South OT Football alumni game features Advisors Mortgage as the main game sponsor. The game will be played on August 15th at 7:00 PM at Middletown South’s High School field, “The Swamp.” (900 Nutswamp Rd, Middletown, NJ 07748) Admission is just $10 and the admission costs will benefit both Middletown South Touchdown Club and Middletown North Touchdown Club.

The game is also sponsored by Dr. John Solan at Health and Hand Chiropractic.  Additional interested sponsors can contact Matt Malleo at [email protected] or (732) 492-3018. Interested Middletown North current and alumni Cheerleader’s can contact Christine Hanley through facebook or email [email protected]  Interested Middletown South current and alumni cheerleaders can contact Megan Lamb on facebook, phone 732-832-5221 and join the Middletown South alumni cheerleaders facebook page.

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...