TAMPA — TBT coach C.C. Culpepper said he doesn't like playing at Freedom. It was easy to see why as his Titans gave the host Patriots plenty of chances to remain in the game. But Tech (4-2, 1-0) did just enough to turn back Freedom (1-5, 0-1) 21-14 in a key Class 5A, District 7 contest.
Both teams missed opportunities in the opening half, but traded first-half scores. The Titans took the lead in the third on an 8-yard Cludner LeCount touchdown run and followed with a 23-yard run scoring run from Tre Caldwell in the fourth. But the pesky Patriots kept it close, scoring on a 31-yard pass from Dominic Marino to Dustin Rauh.
"I hate playing here," said Caldwell, whose Titans grinded out 273 yards rushing. "We just didn't play well. We made turnovers, we let them hang around.… But a win is a win."
Rod Gipson, Times correspondent