Clinton Sills Jr. transferred from Dillard to Plantation for his senior season of high school football, and Friday night he scored three touchdowns against his old school. The standout performance highlighted a sloppy 33-6 victory for the Colonels in the first week of the season.
Sills Jr., a fullback, rushed for two scores before taking a shuffle pass from quarterback Chris Lammons for a 37-yard touchdown with 8:14 left in the fourth quarter. The catch and run gave the visiting Colonels a 27-6 lead.
“He threw it to me, I had wide-open space and I had to do what I do,” Sills Jr. said.
Sills Jr. scored on a 2-yard run with 5:44 left in the first half to give Plantation a 6-0 lead. He added his second score, a 1-yard rush, in the third quarter. The play was set up by a bad snap on a Dillard punt attempt.
“He’s going to be very good,” Lammons said of his fullback. “He’s a very effective back, and he does it all. He catches the ball out of the backfield. He runs real hard. There’s just a lot of stuff we got to put together.”
The botched punt was just one of many miscues for Dillard and Plantation. The Panthers had five turnovers, and Plantation committed 17 penalties for 135 yards in the first half. Throw in the water breaks and a few injuries and the season opener turned into a three-hour affair.
Plantation coach Steve Davis lectured his team at halftime and after the game about the mistakes and promised a long practice Tuesday.
“Tell your mommas it’s going to be a long one,” Davis told his team in the postgame huddle.
Led by Lammons, the Colonels are a talented team with plenty of potential. An early commitment to Florida, Lammons was the fastest player on the field, and tight end Ravian Price is a can’t-miss prospect.
Lammons connected with Price for a 14-yard touchdown with 5:09 left in the game.
Dillard scored its lone touchdown with 9:51 left in the third quarter when Rico Kennedy returned a fumble 15 yards for a score. Kennedy is being recruited by several schools, including Western Kentucky and Florida A&M.
Dillard receiver Dennis Turner, who is committed to Miami, injured his neck with 7:06 left in the third quarter and did not return to action. Turner watched the remainder of the game on the sidelines with a brace on his neck. Afterward, he said he would be fine and the injury wasn’t serious.
But it wasn’t all bad news for Dillard. Junior quarterback Jason Collins, who entered the game near the end of the first half, looked impressive after halftime. He completed 10 passes for 91 yards in the second half.