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Football: Plant City 41, Strawberry Crest 14

PLANT CITY — Strawberry Crest came into Friday's game riding a wave of momentum after last week's historic win for the program against East Bay.

But Plant City ripped away that momentum early and the Raiders' bullied their Class 7A, District 8 neighbors to the west, hammering the Chargers 41-14.

"We knew it would be a physical game," said Plant City defensive lineman John Broome, who had four sacks. "But that's how we do it at Plant City."

The first two possessions by the Raiders (6-2, 2-1) foreshadowed things to come. Plant City blew Strawberry Crest (6-3, 3-1) off the line on seven straight running plays, and quarterback Landon Galloway capped the 75-yard drive with a 34-yard bootleg around left end.

Sawyer Dawson then stepped in front of a pass on the Chargers' second offensive play, returning it to the Strawberry Crest 30. Four plays later, Galloway hit Rayquan Johnson with a 15-yard TD for 13-0 lead that became 27-0 by halftime.

"They looked defeated," Galloway said of the Chargers. "You could see it."

Galloway completed passes to seven receivers, going 12-for-15 for 163 yards and four TDs. Sophomore Sterling Dayran ran for a game-high 128 yards on 21 carries, and Hassan Bailey added a receiving (19 yards) and a rushing (5) touchdown.

"I took what the defense gave me," Galloway said.

Plant City outgained Strawberry Crest 437 to 284, but 40 of the Chargers' rushing yards came on a fake punt and 78 more from a Chris Perez receiving TD late in the fourth.

The public-address announcer then informed the departing crowd that Brandon defeated East Bay, meaning a Plant City win next week against the Eagles wraps up the district crown for the Raiders.

"That's huge," Plant City coach Wayne Ward said. "We control our own destiny now."

Football: Plant City 41, Strawberry Crest 14 10/26/13 [Last modified: Saturday, October 26, 2013 12:03am]
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