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Plant pounds Lakeland, 48-6, behind James Wilder

Plant pounds Lakeland, 48-6, behind James Wilder

Tampa, FL-- James Wilder rushed for 208 yards and 5 touchdowns, to lead Plant to a dominating 48-6 win over Lakeland.

Quarterback Phillip Ely didn't play for Plant, with a bad back, but the Panthers didn't miss him.  Eric Patterson returned the opening kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown, and Plant never looked back.

Wilder scored his first touchdown in the 1st quarter, to make it 14-0.  He scored 2 more in the 2nd, when the Panthers scored 4 times.  Then, Wilder rushed for 2 more in the 3rd.

Plant will play St. Thomas Aquinas next Friday, in Orlando, for the 5A state championship.  Aquinas is the number-1 ranked team in Florida.


High school says other team damaged locker room

High school says other team damaged locker room

Lakeland, Florida - Lakeland High School officials say the opposing team's locker room was vandalized during last week's football playoff game, and they are reporting it to the state athletic association.

Full Game Recap: Lakeland vs. Fleming Island

The Ledger of Lakeland reported Tuesday that the visitor's locker room was damaged and graffiti was written on a wall Friday night. Lakeland's athletic director is reporting it to the Florida High School Athletic Association and is threatening to withhold gate receipts from the opponent, Fleming Island High School.

Damage was estimated at a few hundred dollars. The Fleming Island coach denies that his players vandalized the locker room.

Lakeland beat Fleming Island in the regional playoff game.

Lakeland Leaps Past Fleming Island 29-19

Lakeland Leaps Past Fleming Island 29-19

Looking to keep their dream of a state title alive the Lakeland Dreadnaughts were playing host to Fleming Island tonight.  But a win against the Golden Eagles would not come easy. 

In the first Lakeland drew first blood as Steward Butler rumbled for a 54-yard touchdown.  Shortly after Fleming Island responded with a field goal to make it 7-3.

In the second, the Dreadnaughts looked for a little breathing room as they rattled off back-to-back touchdowns from Steward Butler and Tim Evans.  But just before halftime the visiting Golden Eagles reached the end zone on a run by Kent Minor.