Plant tramples Armwood in season opener

TAMPA — One of the biggest football rivalries in Tampa Bay would start off the 2014 season as the four-time state champion Plant High Panthers faced off against the two-time state champion Armwood High Hawks.

With the multiple penalties and heightened tensions throughout both halves, ultimately the Panthers would overtake the Hawks 21-17.

The first half got off to a slow start as both teams struggled to get the ball in the end zone. Plant would get on the board first after Jordan Reed would break away from the Armwood defense for a 23-yard touchdown, but would not get the extra point making it 6-0.

But Armwood wouldn't trail for long. After the Hawks delivered a 33-yard field goal, Noah Johnson would break away for a 32-yard touchdown giving Armwood a 10-6 lead in the first half.

Although shaken, the Panthers wouldn't be out of the game just yet. Plant's Patrick Brooks would get a 6-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion along with Tykese Keaton-Baldwin's touchdown making it 21-17 game with 41 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.

Armwood wanted one last moment of redemption to win this rivalry game. Johnson's attempted Hail Mary pass would be intercepted by Plant and the Panthers would claim their first win in the 2014 season.

Plant's next game will be against the Steinbrenner Warriors and Armwood will be facing the Durant Cougars.


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