RIVERVIEW — Spoto (1-2, 1-1) regained its first victory of the season, 20-6 over Middleton on Friday, after having to forfeit an earlier win over Riverview, for using an ineligible player.
Spoto and Middleton (0-4, 0-3) wanted to use their abundance of speedy athletes, but only the Spartans hit on a few big plays. It was enough to defeat the Tigers, who were bogged down by 13 penalties in the 5A-8 district contest. Spoto's defense held Middleton's most dangerous weapon, Richard Benjamin, in check as he battled a bruised knee. He rushed just six times for 39 yards.
The Spartans used the ground game to halt any momentum gained by the Amp Carswell's 78-yard punt return TD for Middleton in the fourth. After a first-down rush by Tim Adams, who finished with 12 carries for 81 yards, the Spartans' Eric Moate rushed for a 50-yard TD to nail the game down.
Mark Chisholm, Times correspondent