TAMPA — Steinbrenner had its most productive offensive series on the final drive, but a failure to convert on fourth and 10 with 39 seconds left allowed Freedom to come away with a 25-19 district win at home.
Junior Taylor King was 9-for-13 for 148 yards and two touchdowns passing for Freedom (2-2). His second touchdown was the difference when he found senior wide receiver Alunte Fleshman for a 90-yarder in the third quarter.
Tyler McClain jumped on Andre Folkes' fumble in the end zone, bringing Steinbrenner (1-3) within six. But the Warriors offense never had a touchdown. Their only other score was an 80-yard kickoff return by RB Pearcey Kendall.
"We had a lot of penalties, so we've got a lot to clean up for sure, but our kids work hard," Patriots coach Todd Donohoe said.
Joe Polito, Times correspondent