TAMPA — Senior quarterback D.J. Grant guided the Patriots to a pair of scores as Freedom held off Middleton for its first win of the season.
Grant capped a 40-yard drive with a 1-yard run in the first quarter, then made a late pitch to Sayff Saed, who finished a third-quarter drive with a 5-yard touchdown.
The Patriots’ defense couldn’t stop the Tigers’ Shug Rhynes and quarterback Marcellus Ray, who combined for touchdowns of 81 and 90 yards. Rhynes finished with 221 yards on three catches. Brandon Tillman added 99 yards on 11 carries to lead all rushers.
Heath Grady kicked a 45-yard field goal, his second from more than 40 yards this season.
Next week, Middleton is at King on Thursday night, while Freedom plays host to Wharton the same night.
Freedom 7 3 7 0 — 17
Middleton 0 6 0 8 — 14
F – Grant 1 run (Shanberg kick)
F – FG Grady 45
M – Rhynes 81 pass from Ray (kick failed)
F – Saed 5 run (Shanberg kick)
M – Rhynes 90 pass from Ray (Luyanda pass from Judge)