Brandon Football: Eagles Fall Short by 2 to Plant City

The Brandon Eagles fell 2 points shy of their second win of the season, bowing to the Plant City Raiders, 22-20, at McLane Stadium in Brandon on Oct. 26.


The Brandon Eagles came close to their second win of the season but fell short by 2 points in their loss at home, Oct. 26, to Plant City. The Raiders scored a 22-20 victory, bringing their season record to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in league play.

The Eagles (1-7 overall, 1-3 in league play) were coming off their first win of the season, with a 16-8 victory Oct. 18 over the Riverview Sharks. The Eagles against Plant City scored more than two touchdowns in one game for the first time this season.

"I'm not judging my season by wins and losses," said Brandon High's principal, Carl Green, from the sidelines at McLane Stadium at the Plant City game. "For me, the year's been a really good one for us as far as a developing year for moving forward."

Brandon's seventh season loss came after Plant City's fourth-quarter, come-from-behind drive, capped by a reported 35-yard field goal kicked by Plant City Raider Jorge Navarrette.

The night marked both the season's final home game for the Brandon Eagles and the school's senior night.

The Plant City Raiders came into the game with victories against Freedom (14-9), Gaither (23-21) and Riverview (34-14). The Raiders lost to Strawberry Crest (7-21), Durant (7-22), Alonso (10-27) and East Bay (12-24).

The Eagles came into the game with losses to Armwood, Freedom, Durant, Sickles, Newsome and Plant (see chart below).

Both the Eagles and Raiders have two games left in regular season play. Plant City travels to Newsome on Nov. 2 and hosts Tampa Bay Tech on Nov. 9.

The Eagles travel to East Bay on Nov. 2 and to Jefferson on Nov. 9.

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Date Opponent Field Score / Time Sept. 1 Armwood Armwood Loss (0-55) Sept. 14 Freedom Brandon Loss (14-20) Sept. 21 Durant Brandon Loss (0-36) Sept. 28 Sickles Brandon Loss (14-37) Oct. 5 Newsome Newsome Loss (13-35) Oct. 12 Plant Plant Loss (0-55) Oct. 18 Riverview Brandon Win (16-8)
Oct. 26 Plant City Brandon Loss (20-22)
Nov. 2 East Bay East Bay 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 Jefferson Jefferson 7:30 p.m. * Brandon in preseason play beat Blake (20-6).


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