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PLANT CITY — Dazmond Patterson shuffled his feet, hit the small hole and appeared to go down. Everyone on both teams pulled up and stopped, thinking the play was over.
Everyone except Patterson.
Plant City’s senior tailback took it in from 49 yards out and the defense held up as the Raiders moved to 6-0 for the first time since 1998, defeating visiting Alonso 9-7 on Friday night and handing the Ravens their first loss of the season.
“I knew I wasn’t down,” Patterson said. “I was about to get mad because I thought (the referee) blew the whistle. I refused to go down.”
Patterson’s spectacular second-quarter run was the highlight on a night full of them. Patterson ran 22 times for a game-high 174 yards, caught three passes for 20 more and scored the Raiders’ lone TD.
“To be honest, we would have lost this game last year,” Patterson said. “We thought we were a family, but we weren’t. This year we are a family, and I know all my brothers have my back like I have theirs.”
Plant City got on the board first after a running-into-the-kicker penalty extended a second-quarter drive. The big play on the series came when Bennie Coney (9-of-13 for 133 yards and one interception) scrambled right and hit Omar Molina on third and 15 for 35 yards down to the Ravens’ 6-yard line. Cameron Roberts capped off the 14-play drive with a 23-yard field goal for a 3-0 Plant City lead.
After Patterson’s TD run, Plant City took a 9-0 lead into halftime, but the Ravens closed the gap to 9-7 on a 6-yard Eddie Castillo TD run in the third quarter. Alonso (5-1) had a shot to win late, driving to the Raiders’ 30-yard line with less than two minutes to play, but Plant City forced a turnover on downs and ran out the clock.
“We gave up one TD, but we weren’t about to let it happen again,” said defensive lineman Jose Guerrero, who had four of the Raiders’ five sacks. “Plant City is 6-0? You haven’t heard that in a while.”