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Mon. September 14, 2009 | Eduardo A. Encina

Middleton coach Jason Stokes said Monday he believes starting quarterback Willie Clay will be able to start in the Tigers' annual rivalry game against Blake this Thursday.

Clay, injured his ankle on Middleton's second offensive play of the game. He stayed in for one more series but was soon removed. Clay missed the Tigers' preseason game two weeks ago with a hamstring injury.

Sophomore backup Aaron Midthus started both games for the Tigers, who lost 16-7 last week to Plant City in their season opener.

The Tigers (0-1) committed five turnovers, including three interceptions -- one returned for a touchdown, against the Raiders, but also forced six Plant City turnovers.

On Thursday, Middleton will play Blake at Raymond James Stadium, continuing a historic series between Tampa's two historically black high schools.

"The kids are really exicted about this week," Stokes said. "The kids were definitely disappointed about last week because we really thought that was a game we should have won. We're going throw some growing pains right now. But they're giving me the effort, and that's the main thing I've asked for."

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