ORLANDO -Tampa Plant began the season with a narrow loss to Seffner Armwood. On Saturday afternoon, the Panthers won for the 14th straight time, 34-14, to capture its second 4A state title in three years over the Tallahassee Lincoln Trojans.
Senior quarterback Aaron Murray ended his career with 84 career touchdowns, tossing three and throwing for 344 yards
The Plant Panthers (13-1) got on the board with 1:55 left in the opening on a 1-yard run by DeAndre Queen. The 7-0 lead was made possible by the arm of Murray, who is headed to the University of Georgia. The Panthers went 80 yards on 10 plays.
The Panthers extended the lead to 14-0 with 10:08 left in the first half when Murray found senior Orson Charles for a 71-yard scoring strike.
Plant made it 21-0 with 10:00 left in the first half when Beau Hume picked off Lincoln quarterback Ryan White and took it 24 yards for the score. Hume had dominated in the first half with 2 sacks and three tackles before picking the ball off and taking it in for the score.
With three seconds left in the first half, Murray once again found the endzone as he spotted Nathan Marvel and a 72-yard touchdown, ending the half 28-0.
The Trojans made it 28-6 when junior running back Javorius Allen went in from the 9 with 5:48 left in the third quarter.
The Panthers closed out the scoring with 1:52 left in the game when Murray once again hit Charles from 9-yards out.
Plant 7 21 0 6 - 34
Lincoln 0 0 14 0 - 14
P - DeAndre Queen 1 run (Tyler Rhodes kick), 1:55 (1), 7-0
P - Orson Charles 72 pass from Aaron Murray (Tyler Rhodes kick), 10:08 (2), 14-0
P - Beau Hume 24 interception (Tyler Rhodes kick), 9:33 (2), 21-0
P - Nathan Marvel 72 pass from Aaron Murray, :3 (2) (Tyler Rhodes kick), 28-0
L - Javorius Allen 9 run (kick failed), 5:48 (3), 28-6
L - Jawanza Starling 29 pass from Ryan White (Ryan White run), :32 (3), 28-14
P - Orson Charles 13 pass from Aaron Murray (Kick failed), 1:52 (4), 34-14
Marco Cobb (11-50)
Aaron Murray (18-30-1-344 yards)
Orson Charles (6-132)
Ryan Allen (12-50)
Ryan White (9-18-3-164 yards)
Jawanza Starling (4-71)