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Tue. September 8, 2009 | Eduardo A. Encina

Plant football coach Robert Weiner said Tuesday morning that injured starting quarterback Phillip Ely is still listed as day to day, but he is improving and it appears his return will be sooner than later.

"(He's) still day to day, but getting very close to 'that' day," Weiner said in a text message. "(He's) pretty close to being able to go."

Nursing a back injury that has been hindering him since the summer, Ely sat out the Panthers' season opener, a 32-30 home loss to Tampa Bay Tech, last Friday. He also missed the kickoff classic game, a 49-33 loss to Manatee. Sophomore James Few started both games in Ely's place.

The Panthers face Hillborough, another suprise Week 1 loser (The Terriers lost to Jefferson 16-15), this Friday.

One thing the Panthers will undoubtedly be focused on is their late-game focus. The Panthers have been outscored 38-8 in the fourth quarter in the season opener (24-8) and kickoff classic (14-0) games.

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