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Plant City: Winning is a priority for top runner Patterson

PLANT CITY - Dazmond Patterson has left an indelible footprint on the Plant City High football program. The fleet-footed senior running back has led the team in rushing the past two seasons. Back-to-back 1,000-plus yard rushing seasons have cemented his place in Raider history, but that's not what's important to him. "I'm not really worried about a legacy,'' Patterson said. "I want to go to college and be successful and be able to give back to the program. But it's not really that big of deal to be known in Plant City. "I just want to win. I want our team to win.''
Usually as Patterson goes, so goes the Raiders. Aided by a strong passing game with quarterback Bennie Coney, Patterson's skills and abilities help the Raiders to balance out their offensive attack. Last year, Patterson rushed for 1,232 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 23 receptions for 519 yards and six touchdowns. He also helped Plant City with great field position (17.40 punt return average and 38.43 kickoff return average). With most of the usual suspects back for the Raiders, Patterson will be just as involved this season. "I feel like I'm going to have a great year,'' he said. "As far as the team, I feel like we're going to have a breakout year. We should go pretty far this year. "We came together a lot and this is the year for Plant City." With two offers under his belt, Patterson is one of several seniors getting Division I attention. Though his smallish stature (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) has limited his offers to date, putting together another great highlight film could help. Patterson just hopes there are a lot of games to pull the highlights from. "I don't want to stop this high school football thing,'' Patterson said. "People keep saying you've got 10 games left. And I tell them, no, I've got 15 more games left. "I've always wanted to win, but now, I don't want to end my last season too soon.''
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