Plant is not the only South Tampa high school football team with a huge game tonight. Its neighbors south of Gandy Boulevard, the Robinson Knights, have a big matchup as well.
"This is the biggest game at Robinson in a whole bunch of years," Knights coach Mike DePue said of his team's big district game against the Jesuit Tigers.
Some would even argue that Robinson's game is bigger, considering the stakes.
Entering the season, the Knights and Tigers were expected to be among the front-runners for the Class 2A-District 5 title. Neither team has disappointed, with Robinson off to its first 3-0 start since 2000 and Jesuit winning three in a row after a season-opening loss to Lakeland Kathleen.
DePue has heard the buzz, and he is hoping it leads to a packed house tonight at Jack Peters Field.
"There's already an electricity in the air - the school, the community," DePue said this week. "We're hoping people come out of the woodwork for this one."
Kicking is in his blood
Freedom senior P/K Alex Landeta is asked frequently, and the answer is always yes.
Alex is related to former NFL punter and five-time Pro Bowler Sean Landeta, who retired last year after 25 seasons in pro football. Sean played for the New York Giants from 1985-1992, winning two Super Bowls under Bill Parcells.
"He's a distant cousin, my second cousin," he said. "People who know sports ask me."
Alex also has a famous great-uncle in Braulio Alonso, who the high school in north Tampa is named after.
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