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5A football: Plant 77, Alonso 16

TAMPA — Plant coach Robert Weiner feels like good play is contagious.

If that's the case, the Panthers had an epidemic on their hands Friday at home against Alonso.

Plant's supercharged offense scored at will, which seemed to rub off on its defense as they clobbered the Ravens 77-16.

The Panthers (10-1) showed just how deep they were offensively with every skill position player on the field contributing in a big way. The leader of the pack, however, was quarterback Philip Ely. He threw for six touchdowns and even ran one in.

Alonso quarterback C.J. Bennett, who threw for six scores last week, threw for two Friday, but also had a pair of interceptions.

"Our offense was really clicking tonight," Weiner said. "And I think that got our defense going. We only gave up a couple of big plays all night."

The offensive line also dominated for Plant. When they weren't giving Ely eons of time to throw, they were busy plowing huge holes for James Wilder Jr. and T.J. Glover.

Wilder had a 37-yard score and finished with 93 yards, and Glover had a 33-yard touchdown and 77 yards on the night. Neither carried the ball in the second half.

The Panthers will travel to Countryside, which knocked off Tampa Bay Tech, for next week's region final.

Plant scored its first 14 points on just five plays with Ely passes to Glover (36 yards) and Allen Sampson (55 yards).

Alonso (5-7) answered with a 69-yard touchdown from Bennett to Jameel Gay. The Panthers scored the next 17 points before the Ravens opened the second quarter with a 63-yard Bennett pass to Brandon Holloway.

But 28-16 was as close as Alonso got, as Plant put the game away by halftime, scoring 27 unanswered points.

Plant linebacker Josh Varon intercepted the second play of the third quarter and scored from 18 yards and Ely threw one more touchdown to DeAndre Queen before the reserves finished out the game.

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5A football: Plant 77, Alonso 16 11/28/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 28, 2009 12:26am]
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