Spring football capsule: Plant

Plant

Coach: Robert Weiner (sixth season, 52-13)

Last season: 14-1 (won Class 4A state championship)

District: Class 5A-5 (Alonso, Chamberlain, Gaither)

Key losses: S Hunter Baldwin, TE Orson Charles, OL/DL Austin Clark, FB Chris Hesson, LB Beau Hume, DE Javon Mention, QB Aaron Murray, OL Frank Nicholas

Who's back: DB/WR Eric Dungy, QB Phillip Ely, RB T.J. Glover, DL Anthony Harrell, DB Javonte Martin, LB Mike Mirabella (left), OL Andre Mondor, OL Tony Posada, WR DeAndre Queen, OL Jon Vega, DL James Wilder (transferred from Chamberlain)

What's new: Plant a running team? Sure looked like it in the jamboree victory against Blake. The Panthers have a couple of talented speedsters in Glover and Queen. Weiner also credits his fleet-footed offensive line with being able to move and help run block. Of course, the Panthers will always rely on their passing game and it will be Ely's job to morph into the next Robert Marve or Murray, both with state titles and at major Division I programs. The unassuming fan would be surprised to learn how hard Plant's players hit, one of the keys to their success. Defensively, Harrell stood out with great ball awareness and strong hitting. Weiner said Harrell had the best spring overall. And linebacker Mirabella was sharp as well.

Audible: "The most important thing is to get everyone a little bit tough and to be able to grind out the pounding a little bit. … We have a lot to work on, but we're happy with what we've done." — Weiner

Did you know? Anthony Harrell is the son of first-year Freedom coach James Harrell. James was an assistant at Plant before taking over the Patriots this spring, and he gave Anthony the option of staying at Plant or moving with him to Freedom.

Spring result: Defeated Blake 34-12

2009 schedule

Sept. 4 vs. Tampa Bay Tech

Sept. 11 at Hillsborough

Sept. 17 vs. Jefferson

Sept. 25 at Riverview

Oct. 2 at Armwood

Oct. 9 vs. Gaither

Oct. 16 at Spoto

Oct. 22 vs. Alonso

Nov. 6 at Chamberlain

Nov. 13 vs. Robinson

Izzy Gould, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Plant 05/29/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 29, 2009 8:40pm]

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