TAMPA — The Middleton Tigers’ hopes of forcing a three-way tiebreaker evaporated turnover by turnover Friday night.
Three first-half turnovers, and four for the game, opened the door and Jesuit powered through it to be crowned the Class 5A-District 9 champ.
The Jesuit Tigers’ (6-3, 2-0) district title couldn’t have felt more rewarding as they simply manhandled Middleton (2-7, 0-2) on homecoming.
After being held to eight points in the first quarter, Jesuit’s offense roared to life in the second quarter. The Tigers scored three touchdowns off the turnovers to take a 29-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Jesuit reserves took over and the Tigers were able to kick two field goals, as the game went to a running clock.
Jesuit quarterback Vincent Testaverde went 6-of-17, passing for 51 yards and two touchdowns. Christian Williams’ 10-yard catch over a Middleton defender was the attention-grabber.
Jesuit’s defense was too much for Middleton. The Tigers managed just 122 total yards and got inside Jesuit’s 20-yard line once but failed to score.
Middleton 0 0 0 0 — 0
Jesuit 8 21 6 0 — 35
J - Williams 10 pass from Testaverde (Paulsen pass from Wessel)
J - Davis 26 run (Waldron kick)
J - Doan 40 interception return (Waldron kick)
J - Paulsen 3 pass from Testaverde (Waldron kick)
J - FG Waldron 27
J - FG Waldron 23