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PANTHERS 2-1 ON OPENING DAY

Plant finished 2-1 in pool play Thursday at the Nike 7On tournament, falling in the day's finale 30-16 to powerhouse Miami Northwestern.

Plant took an early 8-0 lead when Phillip Ely hit tight end Stephen Greacen for a touchdown and the two-point conversion. The Panthers fell behind then tied it at 16, but Ely threw two interceptions with his team trailing 24-16.

Still, Panthers coach Robert Weiner was very happy about the first day of 7-on-7 play.

"We had a lot of young players step up and in this environment that's a great thing to see," Weiner said.

Plant started with two victories. Against Texas' Martin High, the Panthers scored 19 unanswered to turn a 9-6 deficit into a 25-9 lead and win 25-17.

Juniors Austin Aikens and Tyrell Mills had spectacular catches in the second half to help the Panthers pull away for a 25-13 win over Butler (N.C.).

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