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Football: Brandon 48, Plant City 36

PLANT CITY — Little went right early, not enough went right late and when the final whistle blew, Plant City's hopes of a perfect season were dashed.

Brandon built a huge third-quarter lead and held on as the Eagles toppled previously unbeaten Plant City 48-36 before a stunned Raiders home crowd.

"We had a great week of practice," Brandon quarterback Allen Knippel said. "It was probably the best since I've been here. We came out here prepared tonight and I think it showed."

The Eagles led by three touchdowns at halftime and 35-0 in the third quarter.

"I just kept telling our defense to keep playing," Knippel said. "(Plant City's) Bennie Coney is a great quarterback and I knew they would keep coming at us."

Plant City could have wrapped up the Class 7A, District 8 title but instead Durant, Plant City and the Eagles are all 3-1 with one district game to play.

Brandon's Tyrell Garner led all rushers with 135 yards on 20 carries and Cyrus Dooley added 102 on 18 carries. Both ran for two TDs and Garner also tossed a 37-yard TD to Josh Guyton. Knippel finished a perfect 10-of-10 for 145 yards and a TD.

"I can't ever remember having a perfect night," Knippel said. "I give all the credit to our line and receivers."

Coney finished 19-of-42 for 329 yards, five TDs and two interceptions.

"We just tried to get off the ball against them," said Eagles defensive lineman Isiah Harris, who had two of his team's four sacks.

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Football: Brandon 48, Plant City 36 10/29/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 29, 2011 1:21am]
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