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Football: Bloomingdale 42, Middleton 0

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Fri. November 8, 2013 | Mike McCollum

TAMPA — Coming into Friday’s final regular-season game, Bloomingdale players had a choice: Hang their heads after last week’s devastating loss to Wharton, or come out and play inspired football to close out the year.

Bloomingdale (6-4) chose the latter, defeating Middleton (2-8) 42-0 Friday night.

“We spoke about it all week. Obviously last week’s loss to Wharton hurt because it kept us out of the playoffs,” coach John Booth said. “But we wanted to finish well, and we definitely did that tonight.”

The running game was strong for Bloomingdale. The Bulls had five rushing touchdowns, all by different players. Quarterback Tommy McLaughlin ran for one of those scores and threw for another.

The Bloomingdale offense didn’t rack up a ton of yardage, but it didn’t need to. The defense played outstanding, limiting Middleton to fewer than 100 yards of total offense. The defensive line was dominant the entire night, racking up five sacks, three by senior defensive tackle Fito Merzier.

“This win was big for us, especially for our seniors. Winning tonight gave us our first true winning season in the school’s history,” Booth said.

No playoffs, but Bloomingdale still gave their fans plenty to be proud about this season.

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