Middletown flowing with Blue Raider pride

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – Signs that read “Whatever it Takes” and “Raider Pride” are posted on homes on businesses Middletown to show support for the high school football team.

One of the signs is plastered on Middletown Interfaith. Brenda Thomas, who manages the thrift shop, has been to every home game this year.

“We’re hoping and praying they win tomorrow,” Thomas said. “I think they will and I’m 100 percent behind them.”

The Blue Raiders will take on Beaver Falls in Saturday’s AAA state championship game.

When Middletown takes the field, they’ll look to cap an already special season. The team has steamrolled to an undefeated season and a Mid-Penn Capital Division title. A state football championship would be the school’s first.

“We like to think we predicted this when they were all in their midget football days,” joked Kris Smith, president of the Raider Club.

Smith’s son Wyatt is a senior on the football team.

“We’re so proud of every single player on that team,” she said. “They’ve all worked so hard.”

Jen Staker’s son Thomas is also a senior on the team. She said the team appreciates the support from the community.

“It’s great because I grew up here and I graduated from here, and so it’s nice to see the support for them,” she said.

Kick-off is scheduled at 3:30 p.m.

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