PLANT CITY — Plant City will roll into the playoffs after beating Gaither 28-20 on Friday.
“We just wanted to get a win on senior night,” Raiders quarterback Landon Galloway said.
Galloway had a part in two of Plant City’s three touchdowns in the first half. He threw a screen pass to T.J. Chase for 56 yards and ran in the another from 5 yards out.
Gaither’s Amani Oruwariye had a 90-yard kickoff return to set up the Cowboys at the Raider 5 in the second quarter, then caught a 5-yard touchdown from Alex McGough to put the Cowboys on the board 20-7.
On the next drive, the Cowboys showed off their own screen play as McGough connected with Jeff Suarez for 48 yards to pull within 20-12 at halftime.
The Raiders forced two second-half interceptions from Patrick Colleran and Sawyer Dawson, but mustered just eight points from them. Senior defensive back Jyquis Thomas finished with three sacks.
The Raiders rested their starters for most of the fourth quarter, and Gaither got a late touchdown throw from David Mazur to Matt Respess for 30 yards. The two-point conversion run from Tyree Gracien was also good.
Gaither tried for an onside kick but failed to recover, and the Raiders held on for the victory.
“This victory gives us momentum, it shows we can beat anybody and hopefully Sickles is next,” Galloway said.
Plant City will travel to Sickles and Gaither to East Bay for their first-round matchups next week.