TAMPA — The Bennie Coney-led Plant City offense has been more than effective this season, totaling almost 100 points before the season's third game.
But the Raiders were slowed by a game Gaither defense Friday night. Slowed, but not stopped as Coney threw two touchdown passes and the defense made key stops in a 21-7 win.
Plant City (3-0) got on the board when Coney directed a five-play, second-quarter drive that ended with a 17-yard pass to Colby Diers. The Raiders padded their lead when Dazmond Patterson blasted 3 yards for a touchdown.
But just when it seemed Plant City was primed to blow out the Cowboys (1-2), Gaither put together its own solid drive. Sophomore Alex McGough found Shug Oyegunle on a 23-yard pass before halftime.
A quarter later, the Cowboys were inside the Raiders' 5 and about to tie the score. After four plays and three straight 1-yard runs, Plant City stopped Gaither at the 1.
Rod Gipson, Times correspondent