TAMPA — Jefferson and Plant City ran and passed up and down the field all night long in Friday’s Kickoff Classic.
But Jefferson ended up running a bit more, taking a 48-26 victory against the visiting Raiders.
How about Jefferson sophomore Mondreas Lofton, who rushed 10 times for 143 yards and scored on a touchdown run of 89 yards and a kickoff return of 92 yards?
Plant City quarterback Landon Galloway and running back Hassan Bailey were strong, as well. Galloway rushed 10 times for 85 yards, while Bailey rushed 12 times for 84 yards. Bailey also scored touchdowns on a 5-yard run and a 78-yard pass.
That goes to Jefferson quarterback Deiondre Porter, who completed 10 of 14 for 251 yards and touchdown passes of 11, 24, 43 and 85 yards. Galloway wasn’t far behind, completing 13 of 22 for 234 yards, including touchdown passes of 4 and 78 yards.
The greatest beneficiary from all the throwing turned out to be Jefferson’s Ventell Bryant, who caught three balls for 123 yards and had touchdown catches of 85 and 24 yards.
“All in all, a very encouraging night,” Jefferson coach Jeremy Earle said. “I mean, we just beat a very good football team in Plant City. We had to bring it, because Plant City is tough.”
The scoring started early, with Porter running and passing freely on the Dragons’ first possession. The drive totaled 67 yards and ended with a 21-yard touchdown run by Porter, who wriggled out of a sack to make the play.
There were plenty of miscues, including 10 penalties for 115 yards for Jefferson and 11 for 95 yards for Plant City. Both teams also threw a couple of interceptions and fumbled it away a few times.