TAMPA — Win and they're in. That's all the Hillsborough Terriers had to do to clinch a playoff spot, and they easily dismissed King (3-5, 0-3) in a rout.
Despite struggling early, the Terriers — who missed the playoffs last season for the first time in 13 years — jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a wildcat run by senior Terrence Mitchell, who had two rushing touchdowns.
Antonio Chow and Rodney Johnson scored on rushing touchdowns in the second quarter and the Terriers (6-2, 2-1) led 21-0. Fifty-four seconds later quarterback Tarean Austin connected with Charles Lovett on a 44-yard touchdown with no time left on the clock to end the first half.
Austin went 12-for-15 for 232 yards.
"We needed to get back to the playoffs," Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia said. "That's where we belong."
Ben Keller, Times correspondent