TAMPA — After a sluggish start for both teams, the sparks on offense came in the second quarter, and Middleton (3-0) eventually held off Strawberry Crest (0-2) for a 12-10 win on Homecoming night. The Middleton defense forced two interceptions, a fumble and a turnover on downs at the goal line.
Key drive: After Strawberry Crest kicked a 30-yard field goal with seven minutes to play in the first half, the Tigers responded with two explosive plays on offense. Taaj Pringle returned a kickoff 38 yards, setting up a 52-yard touchdown pass from QB Cyrus Wade. That gave the host Tigers the lead for good at 6-3.
Stars of the game: Wade's big quarter was the second, in which he threw for 114 yards and two TDs. For the game, he completed 5-of-8. … Theo Williams finished with 14 rushes for 83 yards and a TD.
Stat of the game: Middleton's special teams accounted for more than 100 kickoff return yards.