LITHIA — Tampa Bay Tech took advantage of big plays on special teams and an opportunistic defense Saturday in a 34-10 victory over Newsome.
The Titans forced four turnovers, none bigger than their second interception of Newsome quarterback Will Worth, which came with 53 seconds left in the first half as the Wolves trailed 10-7 and were driving into Titans territory.
Tampa Bay Tech opened the scoring at 10:10 of the first quarter on an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown by Richard Benjamin to give his team a 7-0 lead. The Wolves responded later in the quarter when Worth hit Matt Hines on a 28-yard touchdown pass to even the score at 7.
A sloppy first half by the Titans on offense produced only one first down and 78 yards of total offense. Despite 125 yards in penalties, the Titans still led 10-7 at the half.
Deon Thompson scored on a 45-yard run to open the third quarter, giving Tech a 17-7 lead. After a Newsome field goal, the Titans' special teams produced another splash play, this time as Tajee Fullwood returned the ensuring kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown for a 24-7 lead.
Thompson added his second touchdown late in the fourth quarter to cap a 98-yard drive.
"I'm really proud of our guys because they fought through the adversity of making early mistakes," said TBT coach Jayson Roberts. "In the second half we found a way to pull it together and come away with a victory."