LUTZ — Coming off a stunning win against Plant, Tampa Bay Tech (5-1) narrowly avoided a letdown against a game Steinbrenner (1-4) team.
Running back Deon Thompson gained 184 total yards and scored four times for the Titans.
“I saw the plays before they even happened,” said Thompson, “I knew I just had to put points on the board.”
Tampa Bay Tech led 22-21 at halftime, then pulled away in the second half. After a brief tie at 28, the Titans put up 26 unanswered points to close out the district matchup.
The Titans started with a touchdown on the opening drive, the first of four passing touchdowns for quarterback Deon Cain. Steinbrenner’s return man Kezio Snelling took the ensuing kickoff back, and with the extra point, the Warriors held a 7-6 lead.
The Titans kicked a field goal, but Snelling responded with his second kickoff return touchdown of the first quarter. Steinbrenner held a 21-15 lead after the end of the first quarter, which lasted more than an hour in real time.
Tampa Bay Tech won despite committing 21 penalties.
“We went back to playing sloppy,” Titans coach Jayson Roberts said.