TAMPA — The pregame stage was set for a district upset by Alonso except for one small fact: no one told Plant.
Behind a dominant offense and lights-out defense, Plant jumped to a quick lead and rolled to a Class 5A, District 5 win over the host Ravens. The win all but wrapped up the district for Plant (6-2, 2-0).
Plant had touchdowns on its first three possessions and had an interception on its first defensive play. Running back James Wilder Jr. scored three first-half touchdowns and finished the game with 118 yards. Panthers quarterback Phillip Ely was equally effective, completing 9-of-16 for 149 yards and three touchdowns.
The Ravens (2-5, 0-2) finished with less than 100 yards of offense and didn't post positive yardage until the third quarter. Alonso didn't help its cause much, committing 12 penalties for 125 yards.
Rod Gipson, Times Correspondent