PLANT CITY — In a game where both Freedom and Plant City looked to capture their first victory of the season, Plant City came out on top Friday night 14-9.
In a scoreless first half that consisted of 12 penalties combined, Plant City came out firing in the second half. Freshman running back Irvin Michael set the tone in the third quarter, rushing for a 22-yard TD to give the Raiders a 7-0 advantage. Michael finished with 103 yards on 21 rushes and a TD.
Only minutes after Michael's score, Markese Young capitalized on a short line-drive Freedom punt, returning it for a 30-yard touchdown.
"We ran the ball great in the second half but we need to cut down tremendously on the penalties," coach Wayne Ward said of the Raiders' 15 penalties. "We have a very young team but I believe in them."
Michael Paonessa, Times correspondent