Championship games often come down to turnovers. Plant City discovered that the hard way.
After winning their first 15 games of the season, the Raiders were hurt by two costly giveaways and fell to defending champ Tallahassee Leon 41-16 in the flag football final Saturday night in West Boca Raton.
"The girls are upset, which is understandable," Plant City coach Randy Harris said.
The Raiders reached the championship by winning a dramatic semifinal just hours earlier, 26-19 over Jupiter. In that game, quarterback/safety Quet Shaw passed for three scores and ran for another, and receiver Danielle Kersey had seven catches and a score.
But the Raiders had little time to rest. They played the final less than two hours later.
Plant City led Leon 7-0, but Leon quickly evened the score and then took advantage of a turnover to go up 14-7. Leon committed no turnovers.
"It just kept rolling (for Leon) and then fatigue set in and our adrenaline went away," Harris said. "But I give the girls props. They kept their heads high."