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Monday night football: Plant City-area results

Durant, Plant City and Strawberry Crest each played Hurricane Irma make-up games Oct. 2.
by: Justin Kline Sports/Associate Editor

The following Hurricane Irma make-up games were played on Monday night.


East Bay 18, Durant 15 (OT)

Heading into the fourth quarter, things were looking up for Durant. The Cougars had built a 15-0 lead over East Bay on the road and all they had to do was hold on for the win.

The home team had other ideas. The Indians used a 15-point fourth quarter to force overtime and, eventually, score an 18-15 upset win.

Durant scored all 15 points in the second quarter, starting with a 70-yard run by Cameron Myers capped by a successful two-point conversion and ending with a Carlton Potter touchdown pass. East Bay’s comeback began with a rushing touchdown with around eight minutes left in regulation. In the final minute, the Indians picked up a passing touchdown and tied it up with a two-point conversion of their own.

The Cougars got the ball first in overtime and drove to the three-yard line, but Potter’s fourth-down pass attempt was incomplete. East Bay made a field goal from the six-yard line to ice the game and go home with its biggest win of the season.


Plant City 34, Lennard 14

Braxton Plunk and the Plant City Raiders kept rolling Monday night, this time targeting the Lennard Longhorns on the road in a 34-14 win.

Both teams began scoring in the second quarter and Plant City took a 13-7 lead into the locker room at halftime. Though Lennard was able to find the end zone again in the third quarter, the Raiders scored 21 points to the Longhorns’ seven in the half to run away with the game.

Plunk threw for a season-high 272 yards, including two touchdown passes. Freshman Mario Williams caught two touchdown passes for the second consecutive game and gained a career-high 161 receiving yards, and senior Tyler Hood added a touchdown of his own among his seven receptions. It was also a career-best game for backup quarterback Ryan Overstreet, who completed 10 of 14 pass attempts for 90 yards and a touchdown.


Tampa Bay Tech 54, Strawberry Crest 0

Though the Strawberry Crest Chargers showed some heart, they were no match for Tampa Bay Tech in a rare Monday night football game.

The Titans extended their win streak to three games with a 54-0 win in Dover, fueled by a first half that saw six different players score touchdowns to take a 40-0 lead. Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. accounted for four total touchdowns in the first half, throwing three and running one in himself on a seven-yard keeper early in the first quarter. Jaquavious Johnson, Treshaun Ward and Tino Hunt each scored rushing touchdowns, and Johnson led that pack with two scores on runs of 30 and 34 yards.

Crest did make a few good moments, though. When Tech attempted to pass for a conversion after its first touchdown of the evening, the Chargers disrupted the play and picked off the pass attempt. At 4:10 in the first quarter, the Chargers blocked a PAT attempt that would have put Tech ahead, 27-0. Thirty seconds into the second quarter, Rio Oliver forced Tech to fumble in Crest’s end zone on what would have been a scoring play and Justin Lamb recovered it to give Crest a touchback.

But the Chargers’ offense couldn’t make anything happen against the reigning Class 7A-District 9 champions, and the defense had no answers for Penix, Johnson, Levi Jackson and the rest of Tech’s arsenal of playmakers.

Justin Kline is the Sports/Associate Editor at the Plant City Observer. He has been covering all things sports-related in the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World since 2013.

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