TAMPA — Lakewood overcame three turnovers as the Spartans outlasted Middleton 15-12 Friday night in the Tigers' first home game of the season.
Lakewood's Tracy Johnson threw two touchdowns, including a 39-yard pass to Terrell Jones on a tipped ball.
But Middleton struck back on the next drive as Amp Carswell darted 80 yards for a score.
Lakewood (4-0) hit first again after halftime as Johnson connected with Rodney Adams for a 14-yard pass.
Middleton responded late in the fourth quarter when Richard Benjamin took a screen pass and sprinted 80 yards to pull the Tigers within three.
Middleton (0-5) had chances numerous chances down the stretch to take the lead but was stalled by penalties. The Tigers committed 11 penalties, including seven encroachment calls.
Mike McCollum, Times correspondent