TAMPA — A defensive struggle Friday night turned into an overtime thriller as the King High football team edged Hillsborough, 14-11, in a Class 6A-District 7 matchup.
The Lions scored 11 points late in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime before sophomore kicker Alex Alhomsi booted a 24-yard field goal.
Hillsborough had the ball first in overtime but could only get down to the 3-yard line after three running plays. Coach Earl Garcia opted to go for it on fourth down, but the pass fell incomplete out of the end zone.
Both teams were led offensively led by their senior running backs.
SPOTO 28, FREEDOM 22, 2 OT
RIVERVIEW — Demarco Archie rushed for 188 yards, including the final 10 on his third TD run of the game to end it in the second overtime.
Archie’s TD runs of 10 and 43 yards in the fourth quarter gave the Spartans a 22-14 lead. Roshawn Mungin responded with an 80-yard kickoff return for a score and Freedom tied it on a 2-point conversion.
Quarterback Nasir Core rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots, who could not capitalize on Spoto’s fumble at its 28 late in regulation.
TAMPA BAY TECH 47,
TAMPA — Tampa Bay Tech put its homecoming crowd in a celebratory mood early in the Class 7A-District 9 opener for both teams.
The Titans reached the end zone on all six of their first-half possessions, including three runs by Levi Jackson. Quarterback Cyrus Wade mixed in scoring passes of 38 and 37 yards to Daquon Green and Anthony Payne II, respectively, and Marchalo Judge tacked on a 7-yard run to make it 41-13 at the break.
PLANT 41. LETO 7
TAMPA — After the Plant defense forced a three-and-out on the opening series, junior wide receiver Whop Philyor returned Leto’s punt 50 yards for the game’s first score and Plant never looked back for the Class 7A-District 8 victory.
The Panthers, led by quarterback Kyle Trina, were clicking in all three phases during the first half. With multiple scores by its offense, in addition to a defensive and special teams touchdown, Plant was able to build its lead to 41-0 at the break.
MANATEE 38, ALONSO 0
TAMPA — Alonso’s offense struggled against 2014 state playoff semifinalist Bradenton Manatee, posting minus-26 yards in the first half and 49 yards for the game in a Class 8A-District 6 game.
The Hurricanes got three rushing touchdowns and 160 passing yards from junior A.J. Colagiovanni, while senior running back Larenz Allen had 129 rushing yards and a touchdown.
BRANDON 26, BLAKE 0
BRANDON — Yancy Jenkins intercepted four passes, including returning one for a touchdown, to lead the Eagles to the 6A-District 7 victory.
Brandon’s offense struggled early in the game, and was outgained 278-227. After stalling on its first three drives, Brandon got a 2-yard touchdown run from Jordan Chavers, who finished the game with 108 yards on 21 carries.
LENNARD 34, RIVERVIEW 17
RUSKIN — Lennard’s Devin Black had 211 yards passing and Jahryn Bailey had three rushing touchdowns as the Longhorns were able to put away Riverview for the non-district victory.
Perhaps the game’s biggest play came as time expired in the first half. Black hit Deshawn Barnes in stride for a 60-yard TD pass to put Lennard ahead 20-7 going into the locker room.
Jalen Harrison put the game away for the Longhorns when he recovered a fumble and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown.
ROBINSON 28, MIDDLETON 10
TAMPA — Robinson fell behind Middleton early in the third period and then scored 21 unanswered points for the Class 5A-District 10 victory.
Deangelo Logan’s 36-yard run gave Middleton a 10-7 third-quarter lead, but the Knights’ Malik Tyson hit Iyan Mitchell for a 76-yard touchdown pass on the next play.
Scoring runs of 4 and 36 yards by David Stevens in the fourth quarter sealed the Knights’ win. Anfernee Alston led Robinson with 137 yards rushing on 21 carries.
PLANT CITY 49,
STRAWBERRY CREST 6
PLANT CITY — The Raiders rushed for 228 yards and five touchdowns in the Class 7A-District 9 triumph.
Markese Hargrove, Plant City’s senior running back, set the tone early by scoring a rushing touchdown on its first offensive possession. Hargrove had 65 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the first half.
Plant City’s defense held Strawberry Crest to 86 rushing yards and had seven sacks.
ARMWOOD 52, CHAMBERLAIN 0
TAMPA — Darrian McNeal ran for three touchdowns and passed for one as the Hawks cruised to the Class 6A-District 7 win.
“No disrespect to Chamberlain, but we just wanted to use this game to work on a number of different things and to continue finding our chemistry,” said McNeal, who rushed for 35 yards and passed for 92 yards. “We’re beginning to gel nicely here at the early part of the season. We’re looking forward to seeing Plant next week.”
Armwood’s Jerome Ford led the game with 135 yards rushing on six carries. Brian Snead added 70 yards on nine carries.
WHARTON 36, GAITHER 7
TAMPA — DaVontres Dukes recorded a second-quarter interception and set up a couple of first-half scores to lead Wharton to a Class 7A-District 8 win.
Grabs of 39 and 20 yards by Dukes, a UCF commit, set up 1-yard touchdown runs by Miles Williams and Bryce Martin, as the Wildcats took a 17-0 lead into the break.
Williams carried the ball 21 times for 83 yards and Martin added another 1-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
SARASOTA RIVERVIEW 17
LUTZ — The Warriors capitalized on three touchdowns from senior Justin Moffatt as the Warriors improved to 4-0 with the Class 8A-District 6 win.
The Warriors struck early when Moffatt scored on an end-around to make it 7-0.
After Riverview scored its second straight touchdown of the night to take a 14-10 lead, Moffatt came back with a quick score to put the Warriors back on top and they never looked back. Tailback Jayquese Dantley scored on two more running touchdowns as the Warriors pulled away, keeping the ball on the ground most of the second half.
BERKELEY PREP 42,
MIAMI COMM. CHARTER 0
TAMPA — On the second offensive play of the game, Berkeley Prep running back Gordon Stetson bolted down the left sideline for a 49-yard touchdown. The Bucs never looked back after that in the non-district victory.
On the next drive, quarterback Davis Koetter connected with Jacob Mathis on a 32-yard catch and an 18-yard touchdown reception three plays later.
Ahead 21-0 in the second quarter, Koetter found Josh Youngblood for a 28-yard touchdown.
Michael Fruit powered in for a 2-yard score right before the half.
CAMBRIDGE CHR. 59,
TAMPA — Sophomore Derrick Powell returned a pair of first-half interceptions for touchdowns, as host Cambridge opened Class 2A-District 5 district play with a victory at Skyway Park.
Andrew Cunningham also had two touchdowns for the Lancers, running for scores of 31 and 35 yards. Cambridge led 35-0 after the first quarter.
Jacob Enns’ second-quarter 44-yard field goal was a school record.
CARROLLWOOD DAY 52,
BRADENTON CHR. 7
BRADENTON — The Patriots rolled to the Class 2A-District 5 victory. CDS is back in action Friday when it plays host to Auburndale Triumph Christian at Skyway Park in a non-district matchup.