PLANT CITY — With the game on the line, Plant City coach Wayne Ward gambled and put the ball in the hands of a freshman. Tavares Chase responded with a 5-yard touchdown run, and Plant City overcame an 11-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat Gaither, 23-21.
With the Raiders trailing 21-17, a 27-yard pass on third down from Nick Rodriguez to Dontavious Johnson gave Plant City first and goal at the 1-yard line. After three plays and a false start, Plant City faced fourth and goal from the 5. Ward called for an inside handoff to the wideout Chase.
"When I woke up this morning," Chase said, "I was feeling it. I knew I was going to score and I just wanted it."
Gaither's final drive stalled on a fourth-down incompletion by Alex McGough with 1:08 remaining.
Travis Puterbaugh, Times correspondent