TAMPA — Friday night’s game between Freedom and King presented a first half in which yardage was at a premium.
The teams combined for 14 tackles — six and eight, respectively — for a loss. Big hit after big hit stopped the offenses from gaining confidence or momentum.
The game’s first score resulted from a Lions fumble inside their territory, giving Freedom the ball on King’s 22-yard line. After five running plays and a Freedom penalty, the Patriots settled for a 29-yard field goal.
Nearing the end of the half, Freedom’s offense initiated a two-minute drill from inside its 30-yard line. With six seconds left, Freedom lined up for a 29-yard field-goal attempt. A blocked kick led to chaos, with many players heading to their respective sideline not realizing the ball was live.
After changing hands multiple times, the ball ended up in the hands of Freedom’s Calvin Bido-Vega, who ran 12 yards to the end zone for a touchdown.
With four minutes remaining in the game, King fullback Adrian Flanning scored on a 2-yard run. However, King was unable to move the ball on the game’s final drive.
Freedom 0 9 0 0 — 9
King 0 0 0 6 — 6
F—FG Grady 29
F—Bido-Vega 12 run (kick failed)
K—Flanning 2 run