TAMPA — Tampa Bay Tech took another step toward a district title.
The Titans struggled with penalties throughout and led only 6-0 after the first quarter on field goals of 22 and 27 yards by Austin Miller. But their defense stifled the Patriots, holding them to 71 yards of offense, until the offense got going.
"We had a big night on the defensive side of the ball," said TBT coach Jayson Roberts, whose offense put up 410 yards. "We've gotten better on defense every week. And (Friday), we were able to rely on that to keep them off the board and help give some of our offensive guys a rest for the week."
Deon Cain threw for 88 yards and two touchdowns. On his first, Donzell Polite turned a short pass into a 17-yard score to make it 12-0. He hit Tajee Fullwood for a 9-yard score on the next possession.
Senior Richard Benjamin ran for 132 yards on 19 carries for TBT.
David Rice, Times correspondent