Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Plant: Spring football capsule

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Plant

Coach: Robert Weiner (fifth season, 38-12)

Last season: 11-2 (lost to Armwood in Class 4A region final)

District: 4A-10 (Blake, Jefferson, Leto)

Key losses: WR/CB Derek Winter, WR/CB Cornelius Gallon, OL Rhonne Sanderson, OL Austin Bliss, OL/DL Tyler Evans, DL Jamar Williams, LB/FB Chris Breit

Who's back: QB Aaron Murray, FB Chris Hesson, C Frank Nicolas, DT Austin Clark, LB Mike Mirabella, DB Hunter Baldwin

What's new: The Panthers return just six starters — three offensive and three defensive. On offense, Murray will lose his top receivers in Winter and Gallon. This season, his top target will be 6-foot-2, 225-pound tight end Orson Charles, a transfer from Riverview who has become one of the county's top recruits. Plant used the tight end just 11 percent of the time last season, so Weiner will utilize Charles in a number of ways and hope that he and Murray can connect.

Audible: "We've lost a lot of the household names in the Plant family, players who helped us build to where we are. But the saying is that you've got to be strong up the middle, and I think we are in some very critical spots. I'm confident those guys are going to be able to provide the leadership we need to the younger players. We want to create mismatches across the board and when opponents make mistakes, we want to capitalize on those mistakes." — Weiner

Did you know?: Twenty-three Plant players will mentor this summer at a camp for children with muscular dystrophy at St. Simons Island in Georgia.

Spring result

Plant 21, Blake 0

2008 schedule

Aug. 29 vs. Wharton

Sept. 5 vs. Armwood

Sept. 12 at Gaither

Sept. 19 vs. Middleton

Sept. 26 at Riverview

Oct. 10 vs. Blake

Oct. 16 vs. Hillsborough

Oct. 24 at Leto

Oct. 31 vs. Chamberlain

Nov. 7 at Jefferson

Nov. 14 at Robinson

Eduardo A. Encina,
Times staff writer

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