Plantation scored four touchdowns on all its third-quarter possessions, including a return for a score on special teams, to give coach Steve Davis his 100th victory.
Quarterback Chris Lammons, who sat out most of the first half because of an arm injury, was pressed for duty in the second half. However, the senior turned the offense up a notch, scoring on runs of 77 and 36 yards, leading the Colonels (3-1) with 170 yards on just five carries. He also completed 3 of 6 passes for 44 yards.
“We originally wanted him to sit out the game,” Davis said after the team doused him with ice to celebrate his milestone, which included a state championship at Blanche Ely in 2002.
“But when our backup kid [Archie Banton] got hurt [in the closing seconds of the first half], we had to put him in. Hopefully with the bye week coming up, we’ll be able to get healed up as a team, too.”
Antwan Hayes also added 116 yards, with all but two of those yards coming in the first half, including touchdown runs of 46 and 61 yards. Haynes scored on runs of 46 and 61 yards in an otherwise uneventful first half with the Colonels leading 13-0.
With the exception of Haynes’ long scoring runs in the half, neither team was able to generate much offense, combining for 13 punts through two quarters.
Nova’s Kevin Dzwonkowski had thrown 24 passes by halftime, completing only 8 for 60 yards. He finished with 11 completions of 34 passes for 75 yards. The Titans were held to minus-12 yards rushing for the game.
Haynes, meanwhile, accounted for 125 of Plantation’s 199 total yards in the first half, including a 9-yard reception to the Nova 27 with time running out.