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Football: Freedom 19, Wiregrass Ranch 13 (OT)

TAMPA — In a battle of New Tampa area teams, host Freedom outlasted winless Wiregrass Ranch 19-13 Friday in an overtime thriller.

After the Bulls failed to score on their opening possession in overtime, the Patriots pulled out a trick play. Quarterback Taylor King pitched the ball to Tyrell Nunn on what appeared to be a routine toss right.

The Wiregrass defense took the bait.

Nunn caught the pitch then lofted a pass to freshman Eddie McClarty. He jumped in the air, snagged the pass and got both feet down just before falling out of bounds.

"I called on a senior (Nunn) and a freshman (McClarty) and they both came through in a big way," coach Tchecoy Blount said. "Hats off to Wiregrass for playing a hard-fought game, but I told my guys that we are not losing this game tonight. And they responded."

The Freedom offense struck first, scoring two first-half touchdowns. Nate Godwin's 50-yard scamper gave the Patriots (2-8, 2-3) an early 6-0 lead. Then King connected with wideout Deven Turner for a 36-yard pass down the sideline to push the lead to 13-0.

But in the second half, the Wiregrass offense finally came alive. On their first possession of the second half, the Bulls (0-9, 0-5) drove 80 yards in eight plays, capped by 9-yard run by Jamel Nunez.

After a Freedom fumble on its next possession, Wiregrass scored again on a 32-yard run by Eli Galvan.

Football: Freedom 19, Wiregrass Ranch 13 (OT) 11/05/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 5, 2011 12:48am]

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