TAMPA — Down four with less than two minutes left, King drove 82 yards, but Alonso held strong and stopped a run at its 4-yard line as time expired to cap a 38-34 victory.
Second-half adjustments were the key for Alonso. After trailing 20-12 at halftime and by 15 in the third quarter, quarterback Brandon Hawkins took over. He threw for four touchdowns and completing 8-for-11 passing for 185 yards.
King's poor defensive execution in the second half and its 17 penalties proved lethal.
Alonso coach Brian Emanuel emphasized how special this game was, especially for a team with a roster of just 35 players.
"These 35 might be low in numbers," Emanuel said. "But they're huge in heart."
Miles Parks, Times correspondent