TAMPA — Quarterback James Few and Plant sped out to a big first-half lead but took their foot off the gas. After storming out to a 34-6 lead, the Panthers coasted to a 37-19 victory.
"When we were good, we were really good in the first half, playing in rhythm," Plant coach Robert Weiner said. "But it was tough sledding in the second."
The offense was in high gear with Few completing eight of his first nine passes with two scores in the first quarter, finding Austin Roberts and Austin Aikens. Plant quarterbacks connected with eight receivers.
The Panthers gave QB Chase Litton fits in the first half, blitzing on almost every play. Once Plant backed into coverage, Litton moved the ball and finished with 217 yards.
Todd Foley, Times correspondent