Prep flag football: Plant City takes District 14
SEFFNER GIBSONTON - - Sophomore Avery Brown passed for two touchdowns, Shay Wright had five sacks and the Plant City defense forced two turnovers in a 14-0 win against Durant in the District 14 flag football championship game Tuesday night. The Raiders (11-0) won their third consecutive district title and fifth overall. “Our defense clamped down around the goal line and played well the entire game,” Plant City coach Larry Langston said. “Our offense didn’t have it tonight.” Durant (7-4) marched to the Plant City 4-yard line on its first possession, but the Cougars turned the ball over on downs after an illegal procedure penalty. The Cougars’ next possession ended inside the 10-yard line when Plant City forced two incompletion to end the drive.Kylee Burroughs intercepted Durant quarterback Jessica McClernan’s pass with under a minute left in the first half. Two plays later, Brown connected with Kacie Booth on a 5-yard touchdown pass. Brown, who finished 20-for-34 for 163 yards, found Samantha Black from 4 yards out in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Black kept the drive alive when she caught a tipped pass on fourth down and managed to gain a first down. For the seventh consecutive season, East Bay will play in a district championship game — a fact no other Hillsborough County flag team can claim. The Indians pulled off the feat with a 26-13 victory over Newsome in a District 13 semifinal. “Now we just have to play well (in tonight’s final against Bloomingdale) because if we don’t we could be in trouble,” East Bay coach Michael Cooper said. “Bloomingdale is a very well-coached team with some great athletes.” The Bulls proved that with a 37-0 semifinal victory against Spoto — and with a 19-13 victory over East Bay earlier this season. “We didn’t play our best against Bloomingdale the first time we met,” Cooper said. “Now I think we’re ready (for the rematch).” On Tuesday, East Bay (9-3) fell behind 7-6 before reeling off 20 consecutive points on three touchdown passes from sophomore Madeline Hornacek to senior Nicole Lock, one of which went for more than 60 yards. For Bloomingdale (10-3) tonight’s district final is the second in program history and the first since 2009 when East Bay defeated the Bulls 12-7. East Bay, meantime, has won four district titles, including last year when it defeated Newsome 25-6. “We’ll have to play our best, but if we do I think we can win it,” Cooper said.
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