TAMPA — Freedom pulled away late to beat Wiregrass Ranch 33-13 on Friday night and claim its first Class 7A, District 7 win in nearly a year.
Tied at 13 midway through the third quarter, Patriots quarterback D.J. Grant threw a 51-yard strike to Romell Mungin for the go-ahead touchdown.
The momentum from that score sparked the offense for Freedom (2-7, 1-4), which scored two more times in the fourth quarter on senior night and homecoming.
"We talked about playing for (the seniors), and they finally did. They finally played together," Patriots coach Todd Donohoe said. "We broke out on offense a little bit. Defense played well all year, but the offense finally put some points up, which was good."
Both teams traded field goals in the first half before Freedom senior Josh Collazo scored on a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
The Bulls (3-6, 0-5) answered quickly on the ensuing kickoff, though, as John Harris-Scott returned it 85 yards to tie the game again.
In the third quarter, trailing 13-10 after a 40-yard field goal by Freedom kicker Heath Grady, Wiregrass Ranch tied it again with a field goal from 20 yards out by Bryce Wilson. But that's all the Bulls would get.
A last-ditch drive by Wiregrass Ranch in the fourth quarter ended with an interception in the end zone by Freedom senior Tyruence Creary to seal the win.
Jeff Odom, Times correspondent