TAMPA — Chris Perez rushed for two touchdowns and quarterback Tristan Hyde passed for a pair of scores to lead Strawberry Crest to a shutout victory in a Kickoff Classic game. Both of Perez’s touchdowns were 1-yard runs. He finished with 38 yards on the ground. Hyde hooked up with Clay Cullins on third down to start the scoring for Strawberry Crest, a 29-yard pass that gave the Chargers a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter. Hyde’s second passing touchdown came on a swing pass to Joshua Hyde in the second quarter. Hyde scampered around the right side to complete a 17-yard touchdown reception that gave Strawberry Crest a 19-0 lead at the half. Hyde completed eight of 15 passes for 85 yards.
Middleton struggled on the offensive side of the ball. Besides a 76-yard run from junior running back Jaquan Brown in the second quarter, Middleton had a difficult time moving the ball against a stingy Strawberry Crest defense. Defensive end Alex Carswell led the Strawberry Crest defense with two sacks. S. Crest 13 6 12 0 — 33 Middleton 0 0 0 0 — 0 S – Cullins 29 pass from T. Hyde (kick failed) S – Perez 1 run (Lehtola kick) S – J. Hyde 17 pass from T. Hyde (kick failed) S – Perez 1 run (kick failed) S – Trigg 45 pass from Carswell (kick failed) S – Safety, quarterback tackled in end zone