DOVER — Backup quarterback Rayquan Johnson gained 9 yards on a keeper and was stopped at the 1-yard line, leaving Plant City to call timeout with 7.9 seconds left trailing Strawberry Crest 21-7.
The Raiders never got the chance for another play Saturday because of what happened on Johnson’s run up the middle. Strawberry Crest linebacker Andrew Zuluaga was injured and after nearly 20 minutes was carted off in an ambulance.
“He probably has a concussion,” said Chargers coach John Kelly, visibly shaken like many others after the game was called and players shook hands at midfield. “There was blood coming from his nose and mouth. Every high school needs to have an athletic trainer at every game. They need to stop being cheap.”
Early on, it appeared Plant City would get its share of scores. The Raiders marched 72 yards on the opening drive of the game, but got pushed back beyond the Chargers’ 30 due to three penalties in succession. Strawberry Crest got on the scoreboard first by capitalizing on one of three lost fumbles by Plant City. Alex Carsell returned that turnover 47 yards into the end zone to give the Chargers a 7-0 halftime lead.
Tristan Hyde and Karel Hamilton hooked up for the other Strawberry Crest scores.
Hyde, who passed for 181 yards, threw touchdowns of 21 and 41 yards to Hamilton, who had three catches for 92 yards.
Irvin Michael rushed for a game-high 191 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.