Middleton 17, Lennard 12

TAMPA — Middleton won for the first time in more than a year as the Tigers beat Lennard 17-12 on Friday night.

The game marked Alonzo Ashwood’s first win as head coach.

“This was my first victory but that’s just our breakthrough,” Ashwood said. “I kept telling them, ‘Let’s win one game and then let’s keep moving on.’ ”

Down for most of the night, Middleton bided its time as Lennard was plagued with penalties and long third downs for most of the second half. The Tigers finally broke through with just under six minutes left in the game, when senior Amp Carswell rushed for a 53-yard touchdown, emphasized by a ferocious stiff arm at the 30-yard-line.

Before Friday night, Middleton last won Nov. 12, 2010, at Blake.

This article can be found here, as originally published in The Tampa Bay Times.

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Football: Jesuit 25, Middleton 6

TAMPA — A game that featured two teams with the same name, 25 penalties and two safeties ended with an appropriately odd score as the Jesuit Tigers defeated the Middleton Tigers, 25-6.

Jesuit started Aaron Paulsen at quarterback, but after an ineffective first drive ended with a punt, coach James Harrell put in Paulsen’s fellow senior, Tommy Eveld. Eveld finished 10-of-16 with a touchdown pass.

Jesuit benefited from poor Middleton special teams on multiple occasions. Two botched punts led to safeties and Jesuit had 202 kickoff return yards, including a 75-yard touchdown by Bryce Walker in the fourth quarter.

Harrell wasn’t worried over his team’s unconvincing win, and he says they’ll be prepared for next week against Robinson.

“We’ll be ready,” Harrell said. “It’ll be an emotional game. … I’m sure our guys will be up for the challenge.”

This article was originally published in The Tampa Bay Times.