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Tampa Bay Tech 36, King 0

TAMPA — Maurice Hagens topped 1,000 rushing yards for the season and Tampa Bay Tech bowled over King, moving to 9-1 on the season.

"He (Hagens) has been banged up since week four," TBT coach C.C. Culpepper said. "He stuck it out. He has a lot of heart. We are a blue collar team, and we are going to bang it out to win it."

The Titans (9-1, 3-1) came out slow in the first half, but scored on a 1-yard run from quarterback Angel Rodriguez that was set up by a 55-yard interception return by Mark Grant. Rodriguez scored again in the second half, breaking free for a 25-yard touchdown.

Hagens finished with 124 yards, giving him just over 1,000 for the season. He scored late in the fourth quarter as the Titans pulled away from the Lions. Rodriguez spent most of the game at quarterback, but was replaced by Jonathan Williams late. Williams threw one pass, connecting on a 26-yard strike to Antonio Wallace for the Titans' last touchdown.

"This is new territory for this team," Culpepper said. "The biggest thing we wanted to do today was win a game and finish the season how we started it."

King turned the ball over three times, setting up two touchdowns for the Titans. The Lions' duo of running backs, Rodney Pugh and Josh Celerin, struggled to break past the defensive line, combining for just 38 yards.

Tampa Bay Tech was nicked by penalties, getting flagged eight times for 65 yards. Many of the penalties came on key plays, and two touchdowns were called back for holding. Backup running back Jameel Jackson went down in the fourth quarter with a leg injury and did not return.

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Tampa Bay Tech 36, King 0 11/14/08 [Last modified: Sunday, November 16, 2008 10:53am]
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