Plant’s Offensive Attack Too Powerful for Wiregrass


The Wiregrass Ranch Bulls  football team was dismantled by Plant Panthers in last Friday’s District Championship game, falling 36-14. The Panthers came into the Ranch and took control of the game early, never letting their hold of the lead go.

Early on in the first quarter, Plant established dominance with a quick touchdown pass to wide receiver Whop Philyor to go up 7-0. Then, a blocked Bulls PAT after a 19 yard touchdown from wide receiver Daniel Biglow prevented the Wiregrass from tying the game, leading to a 7-6 Plant lead to start the second quarter.

In the second quarter, the Panthers offense picked up right where they left off, scoring a rushing touchdown early and converting on a surprise 2-point conversion to make it a 15-6 deficit for Wiregrass. The Bulls offense could not do anything with their next possession, eventually punting the ball, leading to another Plant touchdown. The Bulls ended the half with no 2nd quarter points, making the score 22-6 at the half.

The Bulls’ chances of a 2nd half comeback seemed promising after a missed field goal by Plant early in the 3rd quarter. However, a fumble recovery by the Panthers early in Wiregrass’ drive led would lead to a touchdown pass for Plant. The score would then stay at 29-6 throughout the rest of the quarter.

Plant had possession of the ball to start the 4th quarter, but were forced to punt early in the quarter. Bulls cornerback Shamaur McDowell then took the return 80 yards to the end zone, scoring the Bulls’ first points since their first quarter touchdown pass. Plant was quick to retaliate, though, scoring a late touchdown with a little over a minute left in the game.

Plant improves to a perfect 9-0 record this year, while the Bulls fall to 7-2. The Bulls are still in the playoffs, regardless of this loss. However, each postseason game will now be a road test. The first playoff game is Friday, November 11th at Lakeland High School.