PLANT CITY — Prior to his team's district showdown against Strawberry Crest on Friday night, Plant City senior quarterback Landon Galloway told his teammates they were going to win.
And to back up his prediction, Galloway led the Raiders with five touchdowns to keep his team's playoff chances alive with a 41-14 victory.
The win creates a three-way tie for first place in Class 7A-District 8, with the Raiders, Strawberry Crest and East Bay all having one district loss.
“I told them we got to show them up,” Galloway said. “It feels good.”
Galloway completed 13 of 15 passes with 203 passing yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 50 yards and a score.
“He was just dialed in this week,” said Plant City coach Wayne Ward of his quarterback's performance. “He did a lot of things right this week at practice.”
Galloway spread the ball to seven receivers.
“They tried to go man (coverage) a lot and were sitting back and it was something I took advantage of,” Galloway said.
Plant City sophomore running back Sterling Day had a breakout performance with 112 rushing yards. Plant City's defense collected four sacks, three by senior John Broome.
Plant City led 27-0 at the half and limited Strawberry Crest to three first downs. The Chargers had a chance to close the gap in the first half when Plant City fumbled the snap on the punt to put them inside the Raiders red zone, but could not covert a first down. Strawberry Crest then lined up for a 36-yard field goal try, but the snap was also fumbled.
“It's not over,” said Strawberry coach John Kelly. “We still control our own destiny. We just got outplayed by a team that wanted it more.”
Austin Carswell led the Chargers with 141 passing yards and two touchdowns.
S. Crest 0 0 7 7 — 14
Plant City 13 14 7 7 — 41
P – Galloway 34 run (Hoyle kick)
P – Johnson 10 pass from Galloway (kick failed)
P – Bailey 18 pass from Galloway (Hoyle kick)
P - Bailey 5 run (Hoyle kick)
P – Studstill 41 pass from Galloway (Hoyle kick)
S – Rainford 11 pass from Au. Carswell (Lehtola kick)
P – St. John 20 pass from Galloway (Hoyle kick)
S – Perez 79 pass from Au. Carswell (Lehtola kick)