RIVERVIEW — Plant, coming off a loss to Tampa Bay Tech in which it blew several scoring opportunities, recovered two Riverview fumbles that led to touchdowns in less than five minutes to start a 47-7 rout Friday.
Plant scored touchdowns on seven of its eight first-half possessions to build the 40-point lead. The Panthers came up a yard short of scoring on all eight as Patrick Brooks' 53-yard burst ended at the 1-yard line as the horn blew.
"We really talked to our kids about the first series on both sides of the ball," Plant coach Robert Weiner said. "We got at 'em right away, and we were able to put it away."
Plant sacked Riverview quarterback Isaiah Alexander three times and forced six fumbles. On the other side of the ball, Plant quarterback Colby Brown passed for 217 yards and a career-high six touchdowns. His previous best was four scoring passes against Bloomingdale earlier this season.
In his first game of the season after recovering from a hip injury, Brooks rushed for 94 yards. Jordan Reed had four catches and three TDs for a team-leading 71 yards. Cameron Winter, Luke McFadden and John Rutledge also were on the other end of Brown TD passes. Jake Buxton closed out Plant's scoring with a 23-yard run on his only carry.
Riverview's lone score came in the second quarter when Keisean Young went 76 yards and ended the night with a game-high 100.
Steve Lee, Times correspondent