TAMPA — King survived a late scare from Middleton to earn the program’s first 3-0 start since 1984.
Trailing 26-14 late in the fourth quarter, the Tigers (0-3) scored on a 65-yard touchdown pass to pull within one score. Their onside kick was unsuccessful and the Lions held on to the ball for the final 1 minute, 42 seconds to secure the win.
“They’re a good team,” King coach Alvin Davis said. “We’re lucky we came out of this with a win.”
Both offenses were inconsistent and relied heavily on big plays. Of the five combined offensive touchdowns, none were shorter than 28 yards. King also benefited from an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 50-yard interception return for a score.
Middleton quarterback Marcellus Ray only completed four passes on the night (4-for-13, 203 yards,) but three of them were for lengthy touchdowns.
“It’s nice to score on (offense, defense and special teams), but we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Davis said.
Middleton 0 7 7 6 — 20
King 6 0 14 6 — 26
K—Williams 62 from Wright (kick failed)
M—Lyuanda 28 from Ray (Lowman kick)
K—Brice 80 kickoff return (Wright run)
M—Rhynes 96 from Ray (Lowman kick)
K—Coleman 80 run (kick failed)
K—Albert 50 interception return (kick failed)
M—Rhynes 65 from Ray (kick failed)