TAMPA — Sparked by three touchdowns from senior Patrick Brooks, Plant overcame physical Riverview for a district win. Brooks scored on a run, a reception and a kickoff and had nearly 200 yards off total offense. Plant's Rex Culpepper hit six different receivers and threw for 157 yards in what coach Robert Weiner described as his best performance. In the first half, Culpepper threw two touchdowns and ran for another. Plant held Riverview's run-based attack to three points. Riverview scored twice on fumble returns.
Key drive: After Riverview's fumble-return touchdown cut the lead to 12 in the second quarter, Plant responded with a 12-play, 59-yard drive. Overcoming a touchdown called back due to penalty and a fourth and long, Culpepper hit Brooks on a delayed screen pass for a touchdown.
Star of the game: Scoring three different ways, Brooks showed again why he among the area's most electrifying players.
Stat of the game: Riverview ran on 50 of its 52 plays but could only muster 166 yards.
Final word: "We really have some unbelievable offensive guys and as soon as we get that whole thing flowing I think we have a chance to be really dangerous." — Weiner
Ryan Butler, Times correspondent