After sifting through our archives and talking to a few alumni of the Plant-Hillsborough series, we've come up with the top five games in the county's oldest rivalry (dating to 1928).
5 Plant 7, Hillsborough 7 (1941): Terriers running back Glenn Barrington was stopped at the 1-yard line on the last play of the game, staged at old Phillips Field near the banks of the Hillsborough River. Frank Lorenzo, who later coached Plant for nine seasons, played for the Terriers.
4 Plant 20, Hillsborough 13 (1952): The Panthers staged a furious fourth-quarter rally to snap the Terriers' eight-game win streak in the series. Eventual Guy Toph winner Bill Shields put Plant up by one with an 85-yard TD run, and defensive halfback Arnold Scudder - moved from defensive end for this game - scored on an interception return to help seal things. "They were a far better team," Shields said.
3 Hillsborough 10, Plant 7 (1967): Before a then-record Tampa Stadium crowd of 16,500, Terriers senior Roger McKinney put on what remains one of the rivalry's greatest single-game efforts. His 25-yard field goal, the first of his career, barely cleared the crossbar with 5:48 to play to clinch the win. McKinney, who had exited with cramps twice during the game, ran for more than 150 yards.
2 Plant 14, Hillsborough 9 (1960): Eight days before in the teams' regular-season meeting on Thanksgiving Day, the undefeated Terriers had shut out the Panthers. In this, the Western Conference championship game at Phillips Field, Lorenzo dug into the nether regions of his playbook. The result: blocking fullback Jim Butler caught the winning TD in the fourth quarter. "We knew that they knew just about everything we did," said Lorenzo, now 83, "and we had never thrown the ball to Jim Butler all year."
1 Plant 28, Hillsborough 21 (2006): Before a standing-room-only Chelo Huerta Field audience, the Panthers snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Terriers in breathtaking fashion. Hillsborough, down 28-7 at one point, fought back and had a first and goal at Plant's 7 when quarterback Kendall Brown's pass to tight end Charlie Hughlett was picked by Cornelius Gallon in the end zone with 48 seconds remaining. Plant would go on to finish 15-0 and win the Class 4A state title.