TAMPA — Middleton won for the first time in more than a year as the Tigers beat Lennard 17-12 on Friday night.
The game marked Alonzo Ashwood's first win as head coach.
"This was my first victory but that's just our breakthrough," Ashwood said. "I kept telling them, 'Let's win one game and then let's keep moving on.' "
Down for most of the night, Middleton bided its time as Lennard was plagued with penalties and long third downs for most of the second half. The Tigers finally broke through with just under six minutes left in the game, when senior Amp Carswell rushed for a 53-yard touchdown, emphasized by a ferocious stiff arm at the 30-yard-line.
Before Friday night, Middleton last won Nov. 12, 2010, at Blake.
Miles Parks, Times correspondent