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Chiefs surge, thwart Raiders

Chamberlain High took a 14-0 second-quarter lead and held on to beat visiting Plant City 14-10 in a non-district football game Thursday night, leaving both teams 3-2.

Plant City pulled to within four when Alan Kicklighter kicked a 33-yard field goal with 6:21 left. An 11-play, 32-yard drive by Chamberlain left the Raiders with less than 40 seconds to finish their comeback.

Chamberlain had four first downs in the second half, and three came on the last drive. Quarterback Matt Clapp completed two passes to Max Ferrera for 19 yards on the march. Running backs Avery Holt and Damion Butler, who played three quarters with an injured clavicle, helped kill the clock.

"We had chastised our offense for not playing well in the first half," Chamberlain coach Billy Turner said, "but when it really mattered, they came through."

After watching his team lose to Sarasota last week, Turner simplified his offense and focused more on the running attack.

The Chiefs drove 77 yards on their opening drive to lead 7-0, and only 28 yards came from the passing attack. Butler capped the drive with a 20-yard run.

The Chiefs went up 14-0 when Terrence Green blocked a Kicklighter punt and Zach Kilburn recovered in the end zone in the second quarter. Dana Fleischmann had pinned the Raiders with a 43-yard punt to the Plant City 3.

The Raiders made it 14-7 when Kicklighter, who leads the county in passing, threw a 48-yard strike to Scooby Washington.

Interceptions by Green and Mike Hernandez helped keep Plant City in check in the second half.

Strong safety Kelvin Kelly tried to reverse the Raiders' fortunes when he intercepted Clapp on the Chamberlain 34 and returned to the 28. Plant City drove to 9, but a delay of game and a sack by Kilburn left the ball at the 21.

On third down, Kicklighter threw a 10-yard pass to Kevin Sullivan that gave the Raiders a fourth and goal from the 11, but Plant City coach Floyd Kelly opted to go for the field goal.

Hillsborough 20, Plant 0

TAMPA _ Tailback Corey Durant rushed for 206 yards on 26 carries, leading Hillsborough to a non-district win at Plant.

"The offensive line did a wonderful job tonight," Durant said of his 200-yard performance. "I like my line. They're all right."

The Terriers (4-1) took the opening kickoff 62 yards in 11 plays, going up 6-0 when Durant scored from the 3.

Plant (3-2) then drove to the Terriers' 29, but Hillsborough stopped the Panthers on fourth and 1.

Three plays later, Durant ran 41 yards to the 2, setting up his own 3-yard touchdown run. He capped the scoring with a 71-yarder midway through the third quarter.


King 41, Bloomingdale 9

VALRICO _ Antonio McCullough threw for 115 first-half yards and Lamarion Solomon rushed for 56 second-half yards as King won at Bloomingdale.

Larry Hunter added 70 rushing yards as King (4-1) dominated the second half, gaining 162 yards on the ground.

Solomon had two touchdowns, including a 38-yard run with 50 seconds left in the third quarter. Billy Johnson and Tony Johnson added late touchdowns.

Bloomingdale (1-4) totaled 6 yards rushing. The Bulls' only touchdown came on Eddie Haymore's 35-yard fumble return late in the third quarter.


Robinson 29,

Tampa Bay Tech 3

TAMPA _ Jarrett Daniel rushed for three touchdowns and 146 yards, leading host Robinson to its second consecutive victory.

Robinson (2-2) moved well in the first quarter, but Tampa Bay Tech (0-5) recovered two fumbled pitchouts from quarterback Joe Escalante. The Titans were unable to capitalize.

With the Titans up 3-0 in the second quarter, the Knights' Tico Allen intercepted a pass by Cori Curtis and returned 29 yards to the 16. Daniel went around left end for a touchdown on the next play.

Escalante drove the Knights 76 yards before halftime, rolling left and hitting Andrea Holland for a 30-yard touchdown.

Daniel scored on runs of 60 and 74 yards in the third and fourth quarters, increasing his touchdown total to seven.


East Bay 31, Gaither 7

TAMPA _ East Bay rushed for 232 yards in downing host Gaither.

James Stephens (87 yards), Charles Banks (58) and Rodney Bell (61) accounted for 206 of those yards. Stephens scored on runs of 30 yards and 1, and Banks had a 39-yard touchdown.

The Indians (2-3) limited Gaither (1-4) to 198 total yards and turned two interceptions and a fumble recovery into two touchdowns and a field goal.

After Brian Wyatt's 1-yard run capped a 13-play, 84-yard drive for the Cowboys in the second quarter, East Bay sophomore Francesco Bradshaw returned the kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and a 9-7 halftime lead.