What are the Raiders doing?
After last year's weirdness - a new coach who couldn't get into town and a new field that wasn't playable - Plant City believes it has the foundation to bring it back to respectability.
What they're saying about the Raiders
Coach Jason Strunk "We're young. We're energized. We're disciplined. We have a good practice tempo. We know what we're doing now. It's very apparent. "
Coach Jason Strunk "Starting Dec. 1, we told these kids this is our program. If you don't like it, go play somewhere else. From that day forward, we've had 65-70 guys in the weight room every day."
Durant coach Mike Gottman "You know they are going to give you a tough, hard-fought game. They always play tough. Last year, we were lucky to get by them in the fourth quarter."
Durant coach Mike Gottman "They're very multiple on offense and they put a five-man defensive front out there. They do a lot of things."
WR Cortez Hargrett "We're getting back to being like some of the old Plant City teams because we're working together. But the way we play, our offense is way different. We're not just running the ball."
Friday Night Rewind They always have playmakers; the difference this year is the structure. There's no doubt this is Strunk's team now, but youth might make the Raiders a year away from the postseason.
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A few Raiders we'll be following on Fridays
NG/OL Durrel Lowe Senior will be depended on to set the tone defensively. He might not be big (5-6, 210) but he is strong (400-pound bench, 500 squat).
WR Cortez HargrettImproved his route running and impressed in summer camps at Auburn and South Carolina. He will be used at WR, QB, RB.
WR Mike Harris Primed for a breakout year, Harris has received attention from Western Michigan and other MAC schools.
TE Jordan Prestwood At 6-6, 255 pounds, the junior is hard to miss. The Raiders are intent opponents won't, by lining him up inside at TE, in the slot and even at FB.
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Tweet and sour
Why the Raiders will make the playoffs
Will Win If They play with discipline, and grind out fourth-quarter wins over one of two key home district foes in Newsome and Riverview.
Why the Raiders may not make the playoffs
Will Lose If Senior leadership sputters and younger players start looking around hoping someone will step up without realizing, well, it could be them.