TAMPA — One win changes everything. Spoto (1-7, 1-1) used a stout defense and an opportunistic offense to shut out Middleton. Spoto earned its first victory and advanced to at least a postseason tiebreaker in the three-team Class 5A-District 9, pending next week’s Middleton at Jesuit matchup.
The Spartans started five drives inside of Middleton (2-6, 0-1) territory, three of which resulted in touchdowns. The other touchdown drive was the opening possession of the game. It was kick-started with a lateral to Todd Simms, who completed a 60-yard bomb to a wide-open Marc McCoy.
Spoto QB Kevin Hobley then threw three second-quarter touchdowns to Sirbaron Holmes, Simms and Patrick James. The Spartans’ defense only allowed 140 yards and forced two key turnovers that set up touchdowns.
Coach Dale Caparaso celebrated with a victory sprint across the field and knew his team was ready for this key game.
“We started preparing for this game during our bye week, three weeks ago. We have a good football team,” Caparaso said.
Next week, Spoto hosts Lennard.
Spoto 6 18 0 0 — 24
Middleton 0 0 0 0 — 0
S – Battles 1 run (kick failed)
S – Holmes 17 pass from Hobley (kick failed)
S – Simms 32 pass from Hobley (pass failed)
S – James 25 pass from Hobley (pass failed)