Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Preseason football: Hillsborough 21, Clearwater 18

TAMPA — Lawrence Dawsey relieved an ineffective Dwayne Lawson at quarterback in the fourth quarter and threw long touchdown strikes on his only two passes in a three-minute span as Hillsborough rallied from an 18-7 deficit. Dawsey's scoring passes to Michael Hampton and Xavier Byrd accounted for 123 of the Terriers' 213 total yards.

Drive of the game: After Dawsey hit Hampton for a 75-yard touchdown, Hillsborough forced a Clearwater punt and took over at midfield. Two plays later, Byrd and Hampton were wide open near the left sideline when Dawsey threw in their direction. The ball sailed over Hampton's head but landed in Byrd's hands, and he sprinted untouched for a 48-yard score with 6:14 left.

Play of the game: Clearwater zipped to a 12-0 second-quarter lead before Hillsborough's Rudy Dawson took a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown to give the Terriers life.

Star of the game: Clearwater's Garrison Bryant was 12-of-20 for 146 yards and a 28-yard touchdown to Zachary Lehman. Bryant connected with seven different receivers and did most of his damage in the first half with 141 yards.

Final word: "I'm good. It's a preseason game." — Lawson, a Miami commit, on why he did not play in the fourth quarter while walking the sideline and carrying his helmet

Don Jensen, Times correspondent

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