GIBSONTON — Plant City eked out a 43-36 victory over East Bay on Thursday night.
The Indians (3-4, 1-2) and Raiders (7-0, 3-0) exchanged leads most of the first half. With 17 seconds left before halftime, Bennie Coney hit an open Lamarlin Wiggins in the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown that put Plant City up 28-20.
After the Raiders extended their lead to 36-20 in the second half, the Indians took advantage of sloppy play and penalties, scoring back-to-back touchdowns to tie with five minutes left.
Plant City chewed up four minutes on its last drive, and Coney connected with Wiggins on a 1-yard TD. The Raiders clinched after an interception with 19 seconds left.
"I really didn't expect that. Take nothing away from East Bay, they came out and played a hell of a game. …They set the tone early which I think made a difference in the game," Raiders coach Wayne Ward said.
Allie Davison, Times correspondent