TAMPA — Teams on opposite arcs collided at Abe Brown Stadium on Friday night in a preseason matchup. Middleton was riding high after a spring victory over rival Blake, while Strawberry Crest was still smarting from a drubbing by Armwood. The Chargers left Friday with a 33-0 win and the Tigers left with a stinging loss and several injured players.
Chargers quarterback Tristan Hyde was sharp as he completed 9 of 14 passes for 80 yards and two scores. His first pass was a strike to junior Clay Cullins that set the tone for the game. Hyde later found Joshua Hyde for a 17-yard score. Backup quarterback Alex Carswell threw a 55-yard sideline pass to senior DJ Trigg.
"It was definitely a big confidence boost, we're getting what we know how to do," Tristan Hyde said.
The Tigers' Jaquan Brown's 75-yard run in the first half after being lambasted on a kickoff return not 15 minutes earlier.
"It showed you can't knock the pride out of us, we were still gonna play no matter how far down we were," Brown said.
Andy Warrener, Times correspondent