PLANT CITY — Precipitation is as much a part of the Middleton-Plant City series as the players and the pigskin.
For the second consecutive year, stormy weather delayed the game's start.
But Friday night's contest, won by Plant City 49-7, didn't keep fans at the stadium as long. The game started 15 minutes late and ended early as lightning lit the sky. Seven minutes, 43 seconds remained on the clock when everyone went home. A Plant City assistant coach said the 2009 meeting — won by the Raiders, 16-9 — started after 9:30 p.m. because of inclement weather. He said he didn't arrive home until 1 a.m.
Quarterback Bennie Coney accounted for five touchdowns as Plant City (2-0) won its eighth consecutive regular-season contest. It has outscored the opposition 261-46 during that span. Coney completed 11 of 24 passes for 220 yards and three scores: 21 yards to Antwan Amstrong, 52 to Dazmond Patterson and 46 to Javonte Sykes (four receptions, 105 yards). Coney scored on runs of 17 and 22 yards. He was intercepted three times, the final one being Benjamin Richard's 80-yard return for the only touchdown by Middleton (0-2).
Patterson had 111 yards on 16 attempts, highlighted by a 41-yard scoring run.
Plant City's defense held Middleton to 82 total yards and forced four turnovers. Samuel Green had a 34-yard interception return for a score and recovered a fumble.
The Raiders had an adventurous third quarter, scoring 21 and committing 10 penalties for 92 yards. The fourth quarter began with a running clock.