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Football: Hillsborough 36, Jefferson 28

TAMPA — When Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia saw the referees delay his game against Jefferson due to lightning, he knew it could be the break his team needed.

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"They were jumping all over us," he said. "It was a great diffuser for us and gave us time to regroup and make some adjustments."

And adjust they did. Down by three touchdowns, the Terriers scored 22 points in a row to take a 22-21 halftime lead and went on to win.

For Jefferson, it was the second week in a row it had a 21-point lead but lost.

Hillsborough completed the comeback on both sides of the ball. A touchdown, safety and another touchdown got the Terriers back into the game. But Anthony King's interception with less than a minute before the half allowed quarterback Dwayne Dawson to run in from 9 yards and take the lead for good.

"This was a real character-builder for us," Garcia said. "Nobody panicked or yelled at anybody when we were down, and I'm real proud of the team."

Todd Foley, Times correspondent


Football: Hillsborough 36, Jefferson 28 10/06/12 [Last modified: Saturday, October 6, 2012 1:44am]
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