TAMPA — Freedom narrowly hung on for its win despite racking up a slew of penalty yards, edging Chamberlain 14-7 Thursday.
The Patriots (1-5) committed 15 penalties and saw a clear path to the end zone wasted in the first half when Nate Godwin fumbled as he broke through the defensive backfield. A holding penalty negated a 68-yard touchdown run that could have sealed the victory.
"I'm tired and I have a headache right now," coach Tchecoy Blount said. "The kids battled hard and I know they're tired, too. Twice tonight we saw points get away when we clearly should have scored. It's been a tough year for us but it feels good to finally get a win as we head into a three-day weekend."
Chamberlain (0-5) lost running back and leading scorer Xavier Johnson to a high ankle injury in the second quarter. The Chiefs racked up 241 yards of total offense to Freedom's 197.
David Rice, Times correspondent