PLANT CITY — Jakarius Crittenden ran for a game-high 83 yards and a long scoring run as Hillsborough beat host Plant City 15-7 in a preseason game Friday night.
With starter Trevor Steinke out with a broken leg suffered this summer, Crittenden seized his opportunity. Ahead 8-0 in the third quarter, Crittenden shot through the middle of the line and then outraced the defense down the left sideline for a 43-yard touchdown.
"Jakarius got a chance," Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia said. "He's one of about four backs for us."
A shotgun snap on Plant City's third possession sailed over Nick Rodriguez's head and into the end zone. Rodriguez fell on the ball and Jordan Sherit downed the Raiders quarterback in the end zone for a safety. On the ensuing kickoff, Robert Wilson took it back 64 yards to the 4-yard line. Two plays later, Anthony King punched it in to put the Terriers ahead 8-0.
Landon Galloway's 2-yard touchdown run was Plant City's lone score. The Raiders defense, however, recorded five sacks, including a pair from John Broome.
Brandon Wright, Times correspondent