The right di­rec­tion

Tampa Bay Times - - Sports - Cor­re­spon­dents Chuck Frye, Greg Zeck, Don Jensen, Rick Can­tor, Rick Brown, Andy Rosen­thal, Anthony Salveggi, Corey Long, Steve Lee, Kelly Parsons, Daniel Paulling, Mark Lawrence and Andy Vil­la­marzo con­trib­uted to this re­port.

Plant High quar­ter­back Tucker Glea­son knows the way to the end zone, much to Gaither’s dis­may. The Pan­thers win their re­gion quar­ter­fi­nal 36-16.

High­lights from Round 1 of the play­offs. Find re­caps at www.tam­pabay.com/ high-schools/

Class 7A-2

• No. 3 Plant 36, No. 6 Gaither 16: Plant came in with a run-first men­tal­ity, and that showed as QB Tucker Glea­son and RB Wal­ter Wil­bon III pounded it up the mid­dle all night. Glea­son fin­ished with 88 yards rush­ing, and Wil­bon, who scored three touch­downs, had 148. Leonard Parker was the only other Pan­ther to score, find­ing the end zone on a 24-yard touch­down pass from Glea­son.

Up next: At No. 2 Viera, a 39-0 win­ner over Sick­les. Also in this re­gion, No. 1 Lake­land beat No. 8 Wire­grass Ranch 43-7.

Class 7A-3

• No. 1 Venice 59, No. 8 Tampa Bay Tech 23: Tre­shaun Ward had a 74-yard touch­down in the first half, but Venice scored the fi­nal 28 points. Up next: Hosts No. 5 Braden River.

• No. 5 Braden River 28, No. 4 Plant City 23: Brian Bat­tie rushed for a Braden River-record 349 yards on 39 car­ries, in­clud­ing four touch­downs. The ju­nior lost two fum­bles, but made up for it with scor­ing runs of 1, 40, 27 and 96 yards. Up next: At No. 1 Venice.

Class 6A-2

• No. 2 Arm­wood 54, No. 7 Grov­e­land South Lake 0: Hawks re­turned three in­ter­cep­tions for touch­downs, all in the sec­ond quar­ter. Of­fen­sively, Arm­wood were lead by Eric “EJ” Wil­son (144 all-pur­pose yards), who scored on a run of 52 yards and was on the re­ceiv­ing end of 25-yard toss from Cam’ron Ran­som. Up next: Hosts No. 6 Lake Weir, a 30-21 win­ner over No. 3 Mitchell.

Class 6A-3

• No. 6 North Fort My­ers 24, No. 3 Largo 17: Shomari Ma­son’s two TD runs gave North Fort My­ers a 13-3 half­time lead. But a punt re­turn for a TD and An­dre Bell’s 19-yard score pulled the Pack­ers ahead 17-13. Late in the game, a Hunter Koby­lan­ski score and two-point con­ver­sion gave North Fort My­ers the fi­nal lead, which they held onto af­ter re­cov­er­ing a late Largo fum­ble in the red zone. Up next: At No. 2 Char­lotte, a 44-20 win­ner over No. 7 Clear­wa­ter.

Class 5A-2

• No. 1 Na­ture Coast 57, No. 8 Gainesville East­side 26: Michael We­ston rushed for a game-high 240 yards and scored four touch­downs. Up next: Hosts No. 4 Baker County, a 28-14 win­ner over No. 5 Her­nando.

• No. 2 Ze­phyrhills 35, No. 7 Crys­tal River 0: Un­beaten Bulldogs have five shutouts this year, all by a run­ning clock. Doug Craw­ford passed for 223 yards and three touch­downs Fri­day, and led Ze­phyrhills in rush­ing with 110 yards while Cartrell Strong had a scor­ing re­cep­tion of 63 yards and an 87-yard touch­down run. Up next: Hosts No. 3 North Mar­ion.

Class 5A-3

• No. 2 Je­suit 44, No. 7 DeSoto County: Rick Parks and Nick Spurlin had two TDs each for the Tigers. Up next: Hosts No. 6 Immokalee.

• No. 4 Lake­wood 10, No. 5 Sara­sota Booker 6: Spar­tans used three in­ter­cep­tions to shut down Booker’s of­fense. Up next: Hosts No. 8 Jef­fer­son, a 19-16 win­ner over No. 1 Hardee

Class 3A-3

• No. 4 Tampa Catholic 13, No. 5 Lake­land Chris­tian 10: Drew Hut­son hit a 20-yard field goal with four sec­onds left. Up next: at No. 1 Clear­wa­ter Cen­tral Catholic.

• No. 6 Cal­vary Chris­tian 34, No. 3 Sara­sota Car­di­nal Mooney 31: Ju­nior Ai­dan Shahri­ari kicked a 22-yard field goal with 1:18 to play. The right-footed kicker had been bat­tling a pulled right hip flexor, but he made two sec­ond-half field goals to beat a team the War­riors had only beaten once in their prior five games. Up next: at No. 2 Berke­ley Prep.

Class 2A-2

• No. 3 Ze­phyrhills Chr. 55, No. 6 St. Fran­cis Catholic 0: War­riors got two in­ter­cep­tion re­turns for touch­downs by Kavbion Mar­bra and two touch­down rushes by Javion Han­ner — all in the first half. St. Fran­cis’ bus broke down n the way, so ZCA sent vans to pick up the play­ers, which led to a 50minute de­lay. Up next: At No. 2 Foun­da­tion Academy.

Class 2A-3

• No. 3 Car­roll­wood Day 41, No. 6 South­west Florida Chris­tian 3: QB Chris Bu­tash threw for more than 300 yards and five touch­downs — three to Shel­ton Quar­les Jr. — as the Pa­tri­ots recorded their first play­off vic­tory. Up next: at No. 2 Seffner Chris­tian. Also in this re­gion, No. 1 Ad­mi­ral Far­ragut will host No. 5 Cam­bridge Chris­tian, a 547 win­ner over No. 4 Fort My­ers Evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian.

BRONTE WITTPENN | Times

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