TAMPA — After being gridlocked at 6-all and trading several possessions and penalties, host Middleton (2-0) was able to pull away late in the fourth quarter to topple King (0-2) 12-6 on Friday. The Tigers got in an early deficit after two turnovers gave the Lions an easy score. After tying the score right before halftime, the Tigers mustered enough strength to score once more and protect their unbeaten record in time for their matchup against Strawberry Crest next week.
Key drive: After trading possessions to open the fourth quarter, the Tigers ran the ball six times for 27 yards into King territory. The Tigers took the lead with just under five minutes left in the game on a Darren Anderson 7-yard touchdown run.
Stat of the Game: Four turnovers and 13 penalties for 140 yards were the circumstances that Middleton had to overcome to pull out the win. There was 12 personal fouls called, including four targeting penalties and two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties assessed.
Final word: "That's what I like, the fight in this team. They never gave up. I told them they're going to have adversity through the game and bad stuff is going to happen, but you have to stick with it and keep fighting and that's something they did tonight. They kept fighting on both sides of the ball. Offense drove the ball and stuck it down their throat and that's what we like to see." — Middleton coach Fred Reid