RIVERVIEW — A 56-0 loss is not how Riverview wanted Friday night to go at home.
And the Sharks didn't want to see a freshman go off the field, helmet still strapped on, atop a stretcher. DB Marlon Fleming was motionless about 12 minutes as EMTs attended to him after a hit in Riverview's end zone. He gave a thumbs up as he was carted off.
"I give much respect to that young man," Plant City coach Wayne Ward said. "I told (my team): say a prayer for them and continue to play a clean game."
In a bittersweet win, Plant City (4-0) pummeled Riverview (2-2) with 34 points in the first half, with speedy RB Dazmond Patterson at the helm of nearly every play. Patterson totaled 308 yards and three touchdowns. Also notable was Bennie Coney, who tallied two rushing touchdowns, including a 53-yard, dazzling display of the senior quarterback's speed.
The Sharks, though, were plagued by incomplete passes and fumbles that failed to be recovered, which littered most every Riverview series. Despite a dominant offense, the Raiders also racked up the fouls, notably a personal foul that negated a rushing touchdown from Patterson in the second quarter.
Kelly Price, Times correspondent