TAMPA — King scored 17 points in 41 seconds in the first quarter, making its offense too tough of a match for the Tigers.
The Lions got on the board with a safety, then seconds later senior Chris Murray, who plays wide receiver and cornerback, had a 60-yard touchdown on the kick return. Murray later had an interception as well.
Junior Reggie Butler, a 6-foot-1, 250-pound defensive linemen, made the score 17-0 after forcing a fumble and returning it for an 11-yard touchdown.
In the second quarter, Lions senior quarterback Greg Windham threw a 2-yard touchdown to senior Taylor Gonzalez-Smith, who had 45 yards receiving and 26 rushing for the game. King coach Alvin Davis was impressed with Gonzalez-Smith, who will share receiver duties with Murray.
"He definitely picked it up for us tonight," Davis said. "… A lot of people don't look at him. He has good hands and is a good ballplayer."
Middleton quarterback Kenyetta Young got the Tigers on the board with a 2-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter.
Patti McDonald, Times Correspondent