NEWS AND NOTESPlant drops to 40th in national rankingsPlant's free fall in the national rankings has begun.
Following their 48-10 loss to Bradenton Manatee on Friday night, the previously No.2-ranked Panthers fell 38 spots to No. 40. Manatee rose from No.19 to No.3.
Plant opens the regular season on Friday at Tampa Bay Tech, the team that handed the Panthers their only regular-season loss last season. The Panthers have another nationally televised game on ESPN on Sept.16 against Texas' Abilene, ESPN's No.1-ranked team.
In the MaxPreps national rankings, Plant dropped out of the top 25. The Panthers were ranked No.11 before Friday night's loss. Armwood moved up three spots to No.18 after its 42-0 victory against Middleton.