Flag football: Plant, Robinson advance to final
TAMPA - The District 15 flag football championship has pointed to Wednesday’s final matchup all season — Robinson vs. Plant. How could it not? Robinson is 12-1 and the reigning district and area champion, while Plant has been more than solid with its only loss in 10 games this season coming against Robinson, 12-0. “I’m sure it’s going to be a great game,” Robinson coach Josh Saunders said. “It could be very close.”Which would be far from the competition in Monday’s district semifinals, where Robinson dominated Middleton 32-0 and Plant handled Jefferson 26-13. In Robinson’s victory, the domination was spread over the field as quarterback Deliah Autry threw three touchdowns and five Knights — Kylee Gorngpratum, Hayden Jennewein, Samantha Ishee, Cornika Wright and Amanda Chromiak — scored touchdowns. Plant’s victory wasn’t quite as convincing, but it was still thorough with Maggie Kavouklis scoring two touchdowns and Savannah Brenner and quarterback Ashley Hesson gathering one apiece. Overall, both Saunders and Plant coach Sean Fisher were pleased with their teams’ defensive performances on Monday, particularly in the secondary where Robinson’s Caroline King, Kayla Knowlton and Rena Warren each collected an interception and Plant’s Bobby Schlegeter picked off two Dragon passes. “I can’t wait to play (Robinson on Wednesday),” Fisher said. “I know both teams and both schools are excited. This is what it’s all about.” Top seed Freedom stunned by Leto TAMPA Leto senior Monica Ferraro had one word to describe her team’s play in its win in the district semifinals against top seed Freedom on Monday. She was so adamant about it she repeated it several times. “Delete, delete, delete,’’ Ferraro said after the 14-7 win that advances the Falcons to the district final against Alonso, which knocked off Steinbrenner, 14-0, in the other semifinal. “Just delete all the negative and everything else. We don’t win a lot at Leto, so we just deleted everything.’’ The Falcons trailed 7-0 late in the fourth quarter before Ferraro hooked up with Antonice Weeks and Trinh Doan on touchdown passes to lead the Falcons (5-5). “We played like it was 0-0 the whole game, even when we were behind,’’ said Leto coach Ross Adang. “That’s who we play when we are ahead or behind.’’ The Falcons will face host Alonso in the district championship on Wednesday. The Ravens jumped out to an early lead and coasted from there. Jackie Totcky threw for a touchdown pass and had three interceptions defensively to lead the Ravens. Totcky, a freshman, never expected to be a hero. “I never even thought I would be playing varsity this year,’’ Totcky said. “We can go to states, but we can’t take Leto lightly.’’ Plant City, Durant will meet for title SEFFNER Avery Brown passed for 266 yards and four touchdowns, leading top-seeded Plant City to a 25-7 victory against No. 4 King in a District 14 semifinal Monday. The sophomore quarterback added 76 rushing yards on six carries. The Raiders (10-0) will pursue their third consecutive district championship at 7 tonight against Durant, a 26-6 winner against host Armwood (7-3). The third-seeded Cougars (7-3) earned a rematch of last year’s title game on the strength of three touchdown passes and a 1-yard scoring run by junior quarterback Jessica McClernan. Shut down by King (4-6) in the first quarter, Plant City broke through three plays into the second on a 10-yard reception by Kristen Wyckoff. Samantha Black added an 11-yard touchdown catch two minutes before the break. In the fourth quarter, Brown completed scoring passes of 15 yards to Stephanie Galloway and 10 yards to Ali Grimmel.