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5A football: Team xx, team xx

Class 5A

Plant 59
Plant City 14

TAMPA — Going into Friday's first round of the playoffs, Plant really didn't know what to expect from an upstart Plant City team at Dad's Stadium.

After the first quarter however, any trepidation was put to rest.

The Panthers jumped on the Raiders (7-4) early and often and were up 38-0 after 12 minutes. Plant cruised from there.

The Panthers (10-1) will be at home again in the next round against Alonso, a familiar opponent. Plant knocked off Alonso at home this season 57-21.

Plant marched down the field at the start and scored on Phillip Ely's run to take a 7-0 lead. Then Plant's defense got in the scoring when it capped two tackles for losses with a safety to go up 9-0.

Ely then scored a couple more times on a pass to Allen Sampson and another run, with James Wilder finishing the high-scoring quarter with two touchdown runs.

Plant's T.J. Glover added two quick touchdown runs. He took the first 63 yards and the second 80, outrunning everyone on both.

He even kicked an extra point in the third quarter.

"We were practicing (the plays) a lot all week," Glover said, "And I felt like if I just got past the line I could take it in."

Todd Foley, Times correspondent

5A football: Team xx, team xx 11/20/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 21, 2009 12:18am]
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