WHEN: Tonight, 7:30
WHERE: Raider Stadium, Plant City
RECORDS: Durant 0-3, Plant City 2-0
Durant's Trey VanDeGrift vs. Plant City's Landon Galloway
Galloway has flown under the radar, but look for him to burst onto the scene before it's all over. He is strong, runs hard (team-high 156 yards on 30 carries), and throws well (22 of 51 for 313 yards and three touchdowns). Galloway is getting sharper and gaining confidence with each game. VanDeGrift has had his hands full this season against three of Hillsborough County's best teams -- Armwood, Sickles and Tampa Bay Tech. That said, VanDeGrift, who led the Cougars to a 10-0 regular season in 2012, is battle tested and isn't going to back down to anybody.
There is no question Durant wants to get Galloway on the run and force him out of his comfort zone. But doing that is a tall order against Plant City, which features several strong linemen, including OT Montel McBride, who has committed to the University of Alabama. In McBride's first two games he has been nothing short of devastating. Look for Durant to send two guys at McBride, and/or surge on the opposite side of where McBride is blocking.
Turnover/Penalty Ratio vs. Time Management
When asked what the key to this game was, Plant City coach Wayne Ward didn't hesitate. “Turnovers and penalties,” Ward said. “If we can keep those things under control then we'll be in good shape.” Durant, meantime, traditionally does a good job of protecting the football and grinding out long drives. If the Cougars are to have a chance against the Raiders, it must eat up some clock.
East Hillsborough Rivalry
It's one of the best rivalries with one of the biggest crowds in Hillsborough County. Here's how it's gone down the previous past five years
2012 - Durant 27, Plant City 7
2011 - Plant City 43, Durant 12
2010 - Plant City 27, Durant 21
2009 - Plant City 27, Durant 24
2008 - Durant 25, Plant City 6