TAMPA — Tampa Bay Tech needed just about every last second of Friday's preseason classic against Plant City to find the same finishing touch last year's highly successful squad had perfected, scoring in the final 90 seconds to eke out a 14-7 victory.
Both teams showed some offensive spark throughout the game, but lacked consistency until Tampa Bay Tech took over after a missed field goal with four minutes remaining and went 80 yards for the winning score.
Massive 6-foot-5, 190-pound sophomore quarterback Darryl Richardson completed a 35-yard pass on third and 10 then rolled out and tucked the ball away, running for a 28-yard gain to the Raiders' 17.
After a fumbled exchange, Lamarq Caldwell powered 17 yards up the middle for a touchdown.
"Caldwell is a tough kid who works hard in the weight room the classroom; you're talking about a kid whose GPA is 4.2," coach C.C. Culpepper said. "Hat's off to him for coming in here and running the ball hard."
It wasn't Caldwell's only big run. He opened the second half by running for 19 yards on his first carry, and finished with four carries for 42 yards.
TBT scored on its first and last drives. After recovering a Plant City fumble, TBT went 67 yards on 10 plays, capped by starting quarterback Jonathan Williams' run up the middle.
Plant City answered right back, as heralded junior quarterback Bennie Coney completed passes of 27 and 30 yards, the last one for the Raiders' only touchdown to Colby Diers.
TBT's Devontae McCloud led all rushers with 102 yards on 14 carries. Coney was 6-of-15 for 91 yards with one interception.