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Freedom's Warren eyes 1st home win

DARREN AUGUSTOWSKI
Published October 15, 2004

TAMPA - The Freedom Patriots waited for their Homecoming to pick up their first home win of the season, an 18-3 victory over Newsome.

The Patriots' swarming run defense frustrated Newsome all evening, forcing them to throw with little success.

The game belonged to Freedom running back Lorenzo Warren, who had 221 yards on 23 carries, including a 35-yard touchdown run.

"I wanted to play great in my senior homecoming game," Warren said. "We will remember this win for the rest of our lives."

Freedom's first score came after quarterback Matthew Kipp blocked Newsome's punt, then capped off Freedom's drive with a 7-yard touchdown run.

Newsome was had multiple opportunities as Freedom was flagged for 175 penalty yards. The Wolves looked as though they were edging back in the game, only to fumble on Freedom's 2-yard line. The ball was returned to Newsome's 1 by linebacker Ronald Bublitz, but a Freedom penalty brought the ball back to midfield.

"We overcame adversity in tonight's game" Freedom coach Adam Stegeman said. "We told the players before the game, we wanted to get our first home victory on homecoming. This win is awesome."

Freedom came out in the second half by recovering its onside kick, setting the tone for the rest of the game. It took advantage of that field position by scoring on Warren's run.

Freedom sealed the game with a fourth-and-13 gamble that led to Kipp's 18-yard pass to Eddie Davis.

With the loss, Newsome drops to 3-3.

Hillsborough downs King

TAMPA - Most teams would be pleased with a 28-point victory, but Hillsborough was anything but satisfied after its 35-7 win over King.

"We played on a JV night like a JV team," Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia said. "It was ugly out there."

King drove down the field on its opening drive and would have taken the lead if not for a blocked field goal. The game remained scoreless until Hillsborough's Jimmy Sapp took it in from a yard out on the first play of the second quarter.

The Lions again drove into scoring position, using Bruce Brown and Mike Sweeney running up the middle. But faced with a fourth and 2 at the Terriers' 40, they punted. Three plays later, Hillsborough tailback Tyrone Mitchell scampered up the right sideline for a touchdown.

The Terriers applied more pressure in the third quarter, as quarterback Jarred Fayson scored on another 1-yard plunge to cap an 11-play drive. On their next possession, they scored on one play as Fayson spread the offense but kept it and ran 53 yards for a score.

Sapp scored on a 31-yard run off left tackle late in the third quarter.

King (1-5) continued to battle, holding Hillsborough's subs to 15 yards in the fourth quarter. King also avoided the shutout on Sweeney's 16-yard run with 3:27 to play.

Garcia said he and the other coaches "begged and pleaded" with players not to take King lightly. But after the Lions fell 84-0 to Armwood last week, the Terriers were talking about running up 12 scores of their own.

Garcia scoffed, "We couldn't score 84 against a stiff breeze.

"I heard it all week long in the locker room that this was going to be a stat night, but we told them that King was a wounded animal and would fight back."

The Terriers are undefeated (6-0) and could earn the district title with a win over Sickles next week.

- JEREMY RASMUSSEN, Times correspondent

Miscues don't ground Middleton

TAMPA - Usually, 110 penalty yards and two interceptions thrown in the red zone would be the signs of a struggling team.

But not for Middleton, which topped Leto 27-6 despite the miscues.

"This win says we never give up," Middleton coach Harry Hubbard said. "This team isn't going to quit just because things don't go our way."

The Tigers (5-1) trailed early when Leto running back Bryant Leonard ran a fake punt 62 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive. Leonard finished with 80 yards on five carries and one reception for 37 yards.

Leto coach Jarrell Cogman said the decision to run was made by Leonard, who Cogman called his team's biggest playmaker.

Middleton got on the board late in the second quarter when running back Andreas Harris ran in from four yards out, giving the Tigers a 7-6 halftime lead. Harris, who led all rushers with 106 yards on 19 carries added two more scores in the second half, one with 2:43 to go that put the game out of reach.

The Falcons (1-5) picked off two Middleton passes deep in their territory, one in their own end zone and one on the 1-yard line, but failed to score on the ensuing drives.

- ADAM BECKER, Times correspondent

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