Football preview: No. 12 Plant City

Plant City

At a glance

Coach: James Booth, fifth season

Class: 8A, District 10

Last season: 5-5, lost play-in game

Key players: RB/CB Reggie Bush, Sr.; QB Clint Danzey, Jr.; SS/OLB Cole Highsmith, Jr.; FS Ian Jolly, Jr.; RB/CB Romello Jones, Sr.; OT/DT Josiah Lancaster, Sr.; C/DE DJ Robinson, Sr.; WR Jay Sawyer, Sr.; OT Jovani Torres, Sr.; WR Sincere Williams, Sr.


Aug. 20 at Lake Gibson (preseason)

Aug. 27 at Tampa Bay Tech

Sept. 3 vs. Jefferson

Sept. 10 Bye

Sept. 17 at Riverview

Sept. 24 vs. Jesuit

Oct. 1 at Chamberlain

Oct. 8 vs. Bloomingdale

Oct. 15 at Durant

Oct. 22 vs. Plant

Oct. 29 vs. Newsome

Nov. 5 at Lennard


The Raiders moved up to 8A and are now in a district that includes Newsome and Riverview. The biggest losses on offense are at the skill, particularly at wide receiver. Mario Williams, who won the Guy Toph Award as the top player in Hillsborough County last season, is now a freshman at Oklahoma. Reagan Ealy (850 receiving yards and seven touchdowns) and Aramoni Rhone (218 yards and two touchdowns) also graduated. So too did quarterback Nick Felice, who threw for 1,871 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. Taking his place is Clinton Danzey, who won the starting quarterback job in the spring. The running game is in good shape with the return of Romello Jones (604 yards and nine touchdowns) and Reggie Bush (488 yards and three touchdowns). Paving the way up front will be Josiah Lancaster and Jovani Torres. Defensively, Plant City should show considerable improvement. Cole Highsmith, who was second on the team with five sacks last season, can play at linebacker or safety and will be a leader on that side of the ball.