BRANDON — Freedom captured its first victory of the season, defeating Brandon 20-14 Friday. Brandon took a 14-6 lead into halftime behind a solid rushing attack. The backs rushed for 89 yards and two TDs in the first half.
Patriots quarterback Taylor King connected with wideout Alunte Fleshman on a 12-yard TD with 2:30 left in the fourth. A successful two-point conversion by the same duo tied the score at 14.
Brandon kicker Willie Burkhart missed a 20-yard field goal as time expired. After Brandon running back Cyrus Dooley fumbled on its opening overtime drive, Freedom's King ended the game on a 1-yard rushing TD.
"Our players have been conditioned a lot this year to handle a game like tonight's," said Pats coach Todd Donohoe. I'm proud of our team's fight."
Michael Paonessa, Times correspondent