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Tampa Bay Tech 46, Hillsborough 28

Varsity vs Hillsborough HS on 11/13/2009 7:30:00 PM
Posted Saturday, November 14, 2009 by Times Correspondent

TAMPA — Sure, on paper the game didn't matter. But Tampa Bay Tech and Hillsborough weren't hearing it.

The Titans and Terriers had their playoff matchups for next week set, but both teams played the game Friday as if it was the postseason. And for some, it was more. It was a rivalry game.

In a hard-hitting, high-scoring battle, it was Tampa Bay Tech, which imposed its will at the line of scrimmage and bested Hillsborough 46-28.

With the Titans leading 18-14 at halftime, Tech went on to score 20 unanswered points in the third quarter, too many for Hillsborough (6-3) to make up in the fourth.

"We self-destructed a little there, but we got what we deserved," Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia said. "But there are lessons to be learned. And we will be 0-0 come next week."

Tech (8-1) got its power running game going early. It was Maurice Hagens up the middle and Cludner Lecount around the corner for big gains all night.

Hagens had a whopping five touchdowns and Lecount totaled 165 yards on the ground.

"We are a big, physical team," Tampa Bay Tech coach C.C. Culpepper said. "That's what we do and we grinded it out in the second half. This was not just an end-of-the-season game for either team tonight."

Tech will look to extend its 11-game home winning streak against East Lake next week, while Hillsborough travels to play Largo.

Down 38-14, Hillsborough still kept the game interesting in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Tarean Austin quickly marched his team down the field and threw touchdowns of 16 yards to Charles Lovett and 21 yards to Jordan Duvall to cut the Titans' lead to just 10 points.

Tampa Bay Tech, however, responded with a time-eating scoring drive on the ground that ended with a 4-yard Hagens touchdown run and 2-point conversion that gave the Titans an 18-point lead and left Hillsborough out of time and options.

"This win is always huge for us," Culpepper said. "We have a little rivalry going now for sure."

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