Known as the Erie Bell Rivalry, the match between Port Jervis and Middletown starts again this Fall. This heated rivalry goes back over 120 years. The game this Fall will be the 144th meeting of the two teams. Middletown had a dominating era during 2014 until a 14-7 loss in 2021 but bounced back by playing Port Jervis again and winning. Last year the game truly had fans on the edge of their seats. Middletown won, but only by 1 point shocking plenty of fans, an end score of 34-33. With such a historic and tense rivalry this year will surely be exciting for everyone in attendance.
In the “Erie Bell” rivalry tonight it was a close game in the 1st quarter with Middletown up 7-6. In the second quarter with just under 7 minutes left the Middie Bears scored again, bringing their lead to 13-6. Going into halftime Middletown was still up and landed a 1yd TD run with four and a half left in the 3rd quarter, extending their lead 19-6. In an action-packed 4th, PJHS began their Raid. After a 6yd touchdown run, the Raiders took the lead 20-19. Port Jervis continued putting points on the board to take the Bell back with a final score of 33-19.