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NEED TO KNOW: Five days after suffering a 35-16 preseason loss to Tallahassee Godby at Raymond James Stadium, Plant loads up its buses and drives to Georgia for its regular-season opener against Sandy Creek High, the No. 5-ranked team in the nation, according to MaxPreps. That is a difficult task by itself, but this week it was made even tougher when it was confirmed the Panthers will be without their top two running backs, Patrick Brooks (hip flexor) and Tykese Keaton-Baldwin (concussion). Plant coach Robert Weiner said he expects to have both Brooks and Keaton-Baldwin back for the Panthers’ home opener against arch-rival Robinson on Sept. 6. As for Sandy Creek, Plant must contend with Patriots quarterback Cole Garvin, who as a junior last year threw for 2,491 yards while leading his team to a 15-0 record. Garvin has comitted to Marshall. The Patriots also feature junior running backs Eric Swinney (1,350 yards in 2012) and Delvin Weems (1,042 yards in 2012).