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Preseason football: King 21, Middleton 7

TAMPA — Middleton junior Amp Carswell took the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown Friday night, but it would be the last time the Tigers would see the end zone. King's defense and special teams led a 21-7 victory.

The Lions answered the opening kickoff with one of their own that started them past midfield. They started at or beyond midfield the rest of the game.

"With the weather being so bad, we've been practicing special teams a lot more than usual," King coach Alvin Davis said. "Some people say you can work special teams too much; I don't think so."

The Lions got hard running from junior Donnell Taylor, who scored one of their two touchdowns, and a couple nice catches from senior Kim Jackson.

Defensively, King stymied the Tigers. The gem of the night came after the Lions moved junior Jean Mersier to the right side of the line after the Tigers ran away from him in the first quarter. The offense rolled out right at Mersier, who shook his blocker, got elevated and swatted the ball up in the air. Senior Dezrick Ingram made the interception. The Lions added a safety when junior Aaron Williams and senior Tyrone Gonzales converged for a sack.

Andy Warrener, Times correspondent

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