TAMPA — Plant found itself in an unusual situation at home early in Friday night's 8A-6 showdown with Bloomingdale. Less than two minutes into the game, the Panthers were down 14-0.
The first-quarter wake-up call worked as Plant went on to outscore Bloomingdale by 24 the rest of the way for a 50-40 win.
It was roller-coaster game, with both teams putting up a lot of offense. After Bloomingdale scored the first two touchdowns, Plant responded with three straight touchdowns. Bloomingdale (2-1, 0-1) tacked on another score when sophomore quarterback Isaiah McIntyre scored on a keeper from 3 yards.
Out of halftime it was all Plant (3-0-1, 1-0).
The Panthers once again responded with three straight touchdowns. Wide receiver Alex Jackson scored on a 17-yard run and senior quarterback Colby Brown connected with Austin Hudson and Jordan Reed for touchdown passes on the next two possessions.
The passing game was the story for Plant. Brown threw for more than 450 yards and three touchdowns. A lot of those yards were on passes to Jackson and Reed. The playmaking duo combined for more than 400 yards of total offense.
"Colby is one of the most underrated players in the area; perhaps the state," Panthers coach Robert Weiner said. "And we've got a special group of playmakers on this team, and they showed it tonight."
Mike McCollum, Times correspondent