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Football: Plant City 50, Strawberry Crest 5

Published Sep. 17, 2016

DOVER — Treshaun Ward led Plant City's offense to touchdowns on all five of its first-half drives as the Raiders (2-1, 1-0) beat neighborhood rivals Strawberry Crest (0-3, 0-1) 50-5 in a Class 7A, District 9 contest.

Key drive: Plant City took over on its 29-yard line for its opening drive. Three plays later it faced fourth and 2 on its 37. Rather than punt, Plant City went for it and converted. Two plays later, Corey King found his brother Xavier King for a 52-yard pass for the game's opening touchdown.

Star of the game: Ward was unstoppable in just over a half of action. The sophomore running back gained 99 yards on 13 carries. More important he scored three rushing touchdowns, from 6, 21 and 15 yards respectively. Ward also took the opening kickoff of the second half 98 yards for a touchdown.

Stat of the game: Corey King was 5-of-7 for 108 yards passing. Strawberry Crest running back Theo Williams had 66 yards rushing on 19 carries. Kicker Daniel Guerra hit a 40-yard field goal that put Strawberry Crest on the scoreboard.

Final word: "We just treated (the delay) like an extended halftime, which we had last week with Bright House TV. It was a little bit longer, but I thought the kids handled the situation pretty well." — Plant City coach Robert Paxia, on lightning which pushed back the second-half kickoff for 45 minutes. The delay didn't hurt Plant City as Ward took the second-half kickoff back for a touchdown.