Football: Hillsborough 23, Tampa Bay Tech 20

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Fri. November 8, 2013 | Rod Gipson

TAMPA — In a matchup of disappointed squads that figured to be playing past the final week of the regular season, Hillsborough outlasted Tampa Bay Tech.

Hillsborough benefited from two Tampa Bay Tech penalties with no time left to advance 15 yards, giving Blake Rehl two shots at a winning field goal. The first, a 37-yarder, was no good. The second, from 22, split the uprights.

The Terriers started the winning drive at their 33 and went nine plays.

Dwayne Lawson completed two passes for first downs on the drive and ran for another to put the Terriers in position to win. Lawson ran for 207 yards and a touchdown in the game and threw for 161 yards and a touchdown.

Tampa Bay Tech (6-4) opened the game with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Tajee Fullwood (though it missed the extra point) and led for the majority of the first half. But penalties and turnovers (two fumbles, three interceptions) plagued it.

Hillsborough (7-3) dominated the third quarter with a 70-yard touchdown run by Lawson and a Janald James 62-yard interception return for a score that put it ahead 20-12.

But the Titans came back during the fourth quarter on a drive highlighted by a 63-yard catch-and-run by Deon Thompson and a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Deon Cain to tie the score at 20.

Each team came up empty on two drives before the Terriers’ last chance resulted in the winning field goal.

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