LUTZ — Steinbrenner's defense and special teams proved key Friday night in a 27-24 win over Middleton, a game in which the lead changed hands six times.
Early in the second quarter junior Tyler Reed scooped up a Middleton fumble and returned it 15 yards to pull within 12-7. Junior Zack Jones returned a kickoff 75 yards to open the second half. And early in the fourth, Trey Johnson shot through the Middleton protection and blocked a punt, then picked up the ball and ran it 10 yards into the end zone.
After Middleton regained the lead late in the fourth, Steinbrenner freshman Curtis Finch connected with Tobi Antigha for a 79-yard TD strike with 1:32 remaining.
"…It was extra special for Antigha to be the one to make the game-winning catch because he's a transfer from Middleton," coach Floyd Graham said.
Mike McCollum, Times correspondent