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Plant, Hillsborough prepare for 79th clash

It began in 1928, when Prohibition reached its apex, when Walt Disney invented his Mickey Mouse character, when Babe Ruth hit three home runs in a World Series game. During its lifespan, 15 presidents have occupied the White House - from Calvin Coolidge to Barack Obama. It has been a cherished holiday tradition. It has also been an afterthought. Once, they were the only two public high schools in Tampa. Now there are 25 public high schools in Hillsborough County.
Tonight at Dad's Stadium, on the new turf, the Plant Panthers and Hillsborough Terriers meet in football for the 79th time (last season's game was cancelled by torrential rain and not replayed). Much has changed since Plant and Hillsborough tangled annually on Thanksgiving afternoon - a "Turkey Day'' classic, it was called - in one of Tampa's top social events. Now it's just another game. Or is it? Even though the stakes are different, no prep football game in the Tampa Bay area has such a rich heritage. Here are a dozen things you may not know about the Plant-Hillsborough football series:
Family tradition The family of Plant junior quarterback Phillip Ely has quite a legacy in this game. In 1965, Panthers defensive back Mark Ely (Phillip's uncle) had three interceptions, the last in the end zone, to preserve Plant's 7-6 victory. In 1969, in a rainy, mistake-filled game, Bruce Ely (Phillip's father) booted a 22-yard field goal to lift Plant past Hillsborough 3-0. Eleven straight Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia has the longest winning streak in the series, capturing 11 straight games from 1993-2005 (Hillsborough and Plant did not play in 1995 or '96). Murray's domination In just six quarters of play - the 2007 game and 2008 before he was knocked out by injury - Plant quarterback Aaron Murray accounted for 668 total yards and eight touchdowns. The comeback In 1973, Coach Roland Acosta's first Plant team trailed Hillsborough 21-0 at halftime. Final: Plant 29, Hillsborough 21 - a turnaround engineered by Bill Howard's three touchdowns. The blackout Florida's expanded state playoff system forced Plant-Hillsborough off Thanksgiving - and away from the traditional Phillips Field/Tampa Stadium site - in 1975. Apparently, the prep football gods were outraged. Back on campus, at Hillsborough's Gaither Field, the lights blew out. Plant resumed its 29-13 win against Hillsborough on Saturday morning. The pioneer In 1939, Hillsborough's Guy Tompkins converted a 20-yard field-goal attempt in the final minute, giving the Terriers a 15-12 victory against Plant. A few weeks later, Tampa dentist Guy Toph made Tompkins the winner of his inaugural award to the best senior player in Hillsborough County. The Guy Toph Award continues annually to this day. Born to run Plant's Judd Semeyn rushed for 234 yards, most in series history, during the Panthers' 35-20 victory in 1974. The most yards rushing by a Terrier? Carl Everett, who became an All-Star outfielder in major-league baseball, galloped for 232 during a 42-14 win against the Panthers in 1989. Deadlocked Hillsborough leads the series 42-29-7. That would be seven ties (yes, kiddies, they once existed). In fact, there were four scoreless ties, the final one coming in 1959, when Hillsborough disdained a short field-goal attempt and was stuffed short of a touchdown on a fourth-down play. Double trouble In 1960, there were two games between Plant and Hillsborough. On Turkey Day, Hillsborough defeated Plant 13-2, putting the Terriers at 10-0. On week later, in a specially arranged rematch to decide the Western Conference title, Plant defeated Hillsborough 13-0. Length of the field (plus one) Plant's Manny Garcia had the longest play in series history. In 1963, he scored on a 101-yard interception return, keying the Panthers' 26-14 victory against Hillsborough. Playing both ways Steve Kiner is best remembered as one of the best linebackers in college-football history. He was a two-time consensus All-American for the Tennessee Volunteers. He once had five sacks, 11 tackles and an interception in a victory against Bear Bryant's Alabama Crimson Tide. But at Hillsborough, Kiner also played quarterback. In 1965, he ran for one touchdown and passed for the game-winner in the Terriers' 14-13 victory against Plant. From goat to hero Plant defensive back Cornelius Gallon committed a late pass-interference penalty in 2006, putting Hillsborough in position to tie the game. Then Gallon collected an end-zone interception, preserving a 28-21 victory for Plant, which won the Class 4A state championship. Year-by-year scores Here they are, scores from the complete history of the Plant-Hillsborough football series. 1928 - Hillsborough 33, Plant 6. Tony Cancela, Johnny Orr score TDs for Terriers. 1929 - Tie 6-6. Upstart Panthers considered it a victory - and the rivalry was on. 1930 - Hillsborough 13, Plant 0. FB Bob Shoun runs for 117 yards as Terriers romp. 1931 - Plant 12, Hillsborough 7. Shields Gay grabs late 26-yard reception to win it. 1932 - Hillsborough 13, Plant 0. Manuel Bondi runs for 22-yard TD and Panthers muster just 85 yards. 1933 - Tie 0-0. Terriers drive to 4-yard line, but 15-yard penalty kills threat. 1934 - Plant 14, Hillsborough 0. First post-Prohibition game features TDs by Francis Tubiville, Bill Myers. 1935 - Hillsborough 15, Plant 7. Late scamper by HB Henry Orihuela puts the game away. 1936 - Tie 0-0. Neither team drives inside 10; combined 5 lost fumbles. 1937 - Hillsborough 14, Plant 6. New Terriers coach Walter Burrell completes 8-1 season. 1938 - Plant 6, Hillsborough 0. Juggling 46-yard TD catch by WR Bill Adams in fourth quarter. 1939 - Hillsborough 15, Plant 12. Guy Toph winner Guy Tompkins hits 20-yard FG in final minute. 1940 - Plant 19, Hillsborough 7. Donnie Hansen's 32-yard TD run silences Terriers' rally. 1941 - Tie 7-7. Terriers RB Glenn Barrington stopped at 1-yard line on game's final play. 1942 - Hillsborough 19, Plant 7. Terriers' offense, led by RB Gaspar Vacarro, was in control. 1943 - Plant 7, Hillsborough 0. Defensive battle was settled on Bobby Belle's 6-yard TD run. 1944 - Hillsborough 21, Plant 0. "Jumping" Joe Eckert scores twice for dominant Terriers. 1945 - Hillsborough 43, Plant 0. Terriers RB Hal "Buggo" Griffin runs for 3 TDs in the rout. 1946 - Hillsborough 26, Plant 0. RB Cecil Perette runs for 93 yards before crowd of 17,000. 1947 - Hillsborough 7, Plant 0. RB Ken Sumner's stunning 76-yard run was the only score. 1948 - Hillsborough 38, Plant 6. RB Don Browning has 3 TDs in Coach Crockett Farnell's finale. 1949 - Hillsborough 39, Plant 7. Terriers RB Jack Custer does it all: 3 TDs, 2 extra points. 1950 - Hillsborough 7, Plant 0. Bobby Roque scores on 28-yard run, but defense saves the day. 1951 - Hillsborough 7, Plant 0. Donald Pitisci's late interception preserves the victory. 1952 - Plant 20, Hillsborough 13. Panthers raise the roof: Bill Shields wins it on 85-yard run. 1953 - Hillsborough 13, Plant 7. Terriers RB Tommy Bell scores both TDs on short runs. 1954 - Hillsborough 13, Plant 0. Terriers intercept 5 passes, including 2 by Joe Perez. 1955 - Plant 6, Hillsborough 0. Terriers drive inside 5-yard line twice, but Panthers buckle down. 1956 - Tie 0-0. Terriers' TD run negated by illegal motion, while Panthers lose 4 fumbles. 1957 - Hillsborough 19, Plant 0. Seventh shutout for Terriers, led by DLs Harold Holton, Ed Taylor. 1958 - Plant 14, Hillsborough 13. Bruce Julian's 5-yard run clinches Plant's first 10-0 season. 1959 - Tie 0-0. Terriers disdain FG attempt, stopped short of TD on fourth down. 1960 - Hillsborough 13, Plant 2. RB Tommy Campbell scores twice as Terriers move to 10-0. 1960 - Plant 13, Hillsborough 0. One week later, Panthers clinch special rematch for WC title. 1961 - Hillsborough 12, Plant 7. Rick Jones has key punt block, while Bill Plowerman and Wayne Pitts score TDs. 1962 - Hillsborough 14, Plant 7. QB Deryl Borders' 2-yard run sends Terriers to Meninak Bowl. 1963 - Plant 26, Hillsborough 14. Panthers DB Manny Garcia scores on a 101-yard interception return. 1964 - Plant 7, Hillsborough 6. Panthers DB Mark Ely has 3 interceptions, the last in end zone. 1965 - Hillsborough 14, Plant 13. Terriers QB Steve Kiner runs for TD, tosses the game-winner. 1966 - Tie 14-14. Panthers QB Pete Alfieri hits WR Chuck Halling with tying 58-yard pass. 1967 - Hillsborough 10, Plant 7. Roger McKinney's 25-yard FG wins it before 16,500 Tampa Stadium fans. 1968 - Hillsborough 16, Plant 7. QB Rip Bailey, RB Danny Beltram lead the way for 10-0 Terriers. 1969 - Plant 3, Hillsborough 0. Rainy, mistake-filled game ends with Bruce Ely's 22-yard FG. 1970 - Plant 14, Hillsborough 3. Panthers QB Frank Cacciatore tosses 2 TDs to WR Lee McGriff. 1971 - Hillsborough 37, Plant 3. Terriers win conference behind 2 TDs of RB Ralph Kyles. 1972 - Plant 24, Hillsborough 0. Panthers' stellar defense limits Terriers to just 7 yards rushing. 1973 - Plant 29, Hillsborough 21. Panthers rally from 21-0 halftime deficit on Bill Howard's 3 TDs. 1974 - Plant 35, Hillsborough 20. Final "Turkey Day" game has Panthers RB Judd Semeyn rushing for 234 yards. 1975 - Plant 29, Hillsborough 13. Lights blow out at Hillsborough's Gaither Field, game resumes Saturday. 1976 - Plant 35, Hillsborough 14. RB Willie Ballard gets 135 yards for possibly the best team in Plant history. 1977 - Plant 15, Hillsborough 11. Terriers (preseason No. 1) passed silly by Panthers QB Rick Figueredo. 1978 - Plant 14, Hillsborough 12. Key play: Figueredo's 28-yard pass to T.J. Ferlita on fourth-and-20. 1979 - Plant 15, Hillsborough 7. Panthers RB Harold Ricks has 75-yard run to break open tight game. 1980 - Plant 13, Hillsborough 0. Top-ranked Panthers take advantage of 3 lost fumbles by Terriers. 1981 - Hillsborough 21, Plant 6. Panthers begin 5-0, but finish with five consecutive losses. 1982 - Hillsborough 35, Plant 14. Too much Terrier speed with Ed Penn, Herman Jacobs, Tommy Simms. 1985 - Plant 14, Hillsborough 8. Panthers RB Percy Johnson rushes for 93 yards, 2 TDs. 1986 - Plant 24, Hillsborough 14. Panthers QB Pete Prinzi throws 89-yard bomb to WR Brian Dowler. 1987 - Hillsborough 27, Plant 7. Terriers' converted DL Dan Footman rushes for 164 yards, 2 TDs. 1988 - Hillsborough 18, Plant 14. Terriers QB Shawn Haines wins it on 3-yard run with 2:45 left. 1989 - Hillsborough 42, Plant 14. Terriers RB Carl Everett rushes for 232 yards with 82-yard score. 1990 - Plant 16, Hillsborough 14. Panthers PK Jason Myer boots 35-yard FG with 21 seconds left. 1991 - Plant 35, Hillsborough 13. Panthers score 4 consecutive TDs, rally from 13-6 first-half deficit. 1992 - Hillsborough 20, Plant 0. Terriers RB Corey Durant rushes for 206 yards on 26 carries. 1993 - Hillsborough 15, Plant 13. Panthers PK Chad Thomson wide right on late 50-yard FG attempt. 1994 - Hillsborough 49, Plant 18. Terriers RB Jamal Anderson rushes for 157 yards, 3 TDs. 1997 - Hillsborough 43, Plant 0. Terriers score on 5 of their first 6 possessions. 1998 - Hillsborough 29, Plant 0. Deluge of rain chases away large Saturday night crowd. 1999 - Hillsborough 41, Plant 20. Keith Williams rushes for 138 yards on 10 carries. 2000 - Hillsborough 34, Plant 13. Terriers race to 28-0 halftime lead, then call off the dogs. 2001 - Hillsborough 42, Plant 21. Ronnie McCullough rushes for 109 yards, 4 touchdowns. 2002 - Hillsborough 28, Plant 6. More McCullough: 121 yards rushing, 12 tackles. 2003 - Hillsborough 40, Plant 14. Ricky Ponton: Eight carries, 108 rushing yards, 4 TDs. 2004 - Hillsborough 26, Plant 11. Jimmy Sapp ices it with 13-yard TD in fourth quarter. 2005; Hillsborough 31, Plant 14; Sapp rushes for 162 yards, and Jarred Fayson adds 81 2006 - Plant 28, Hillsborough 21. Plant's Cornelius Gallon clinches it with end-zone interception; Robert Marve 19 of 27 for 258 yards. 2007 - Plant 35, Hillsborough 16. Plant's Aaron Murray accounts for 368 yards (250 passing, 118 rushing) and four touchdowns. 2008 - Plant 44, Hillsborough 28. Aaron Murray accounts for 300 yards, 4 TDs in first half before getting knocked out with broken leg.
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