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Football: Plant 54, Orlando Boone 21

TAMPA — Plant had a Few good men Friday night.

Senior quarterback James Few topped the list, throwing for a career-high six touchdowns as Plant pulled away from Orlando Boone 54-21 in a Class 8A playoff region quarterfinal at Dads Stadium.

Plant (10-1) is undefeated in seven first-round region quarterfinals under coach Robert Weiner.

Next week, it takes on another Orlando team, Dr. Phillips.

Few said it wasn't one of his better games, but he completed 14 of 27 passes for 259 yards (one interception). His first four touchdown passes (8, 29, 14 and 19 yards) went to senior wideout Austin Aikens — all during the first half — as Plant overcame deficits of 7-6 and 14-13 to grab a 34-21 lead.

Aikens finished with seven receptions for 129 yards.

"Austin is a beast with a capital B-E-A-S-T," Few said. "I like the matchup with Austin against anyone. I believe he has a 40-inch vertical (leap). He can get up there, so we're not afraid to throw it up to him.

"I didn't think I played that well. The O-line gave me plenty of time to step up. There were some ugly passes. I'm not going to lie. But there were some great catches, and we have a great, great group (of wideouts). I feel confident throwing to any of them."

Few sparked a 20-point third quarter with his final two scoring passes: a 16 yarder to Wesley Bullock and a 32-yarder to Alex Jackson.

Antonio Crawford and Bullock each amassed more than 100 yards in total offense and scored once.

Plant piled up 515 yards on offense (268 passing, 247 rushing).

The Panthers held Boone (5-6) to 240 yards, 10 first downs and forced three turnovers (Boone had 30 for the season). Plant's Reeves Rogers turned one miscue into a score with a 2-yard interception return midway through the second quarter.

Football: Plant 54, Orlando Boone 21 11/19/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 19, 2011 12:37am]
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