ORLANDO – The look of disappointment and sadness glazed over the Plant Panthers late Friday night.

Plant (13-1) fell short of its fifth state title and first since 2011 in a rough 45-6 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas (12-2) in the Class 7A title game. The Raiders earned their third consecutive state title and 10th in program history as they celebrated early in the fourth quarter.

After forcing a punt following four St. Thomas Aquinas plays on the opening drive of the game, Plant’s defense gave the offense a chance.

Senior quarterback Dane Frantzen grinded it out on their first drive with runs of 10, nine and six yards and completions of 22 yards to Kyle Trina and 10 yards to Christian Watson. The Panthers made it to the St. Thomas Aquinas 32-yard line, but Frantzen was picked off by linebacker Adetutu Daranijo.

Raiders senior quarterback and UF commit Jake Allen flashed his big arm with a 24-yard touchdown to Michael Harley moments later.

Plant would muff a punt giving St. Thomas Aquinas a short field and Allen again took advantage on a 28-yard touchdown to Joshua Palmer.

On the next Panthers drive, a special teams mishap occurred again. Punter Nick Rice had his kick blocked, but he managed to scoop it up and run 21 yards for the first down. After that, Plant made it to the St. Thomas Aquinas 42-yard line facing a 4th-and-3, but Frantzen only picked up one yard.

The Raiders would score 17 points on its next three drives which included a touchdown pass from Allen to Jordan Merrell with 38 seconds until the half.

Plant’s lone score came Frantzen, a one-yard run with 4:17 left in the second quarter. De’Angelo Philyor’s 50-yard catch and run helped the Panthers get down the field.

Frantzen finished the night with 191 total yards (109 passing, 82 rushing) and a touchdown. He also had two interceptions.

On the other sideline, Allen connected on 17-of-29 pass attempts for 329 yards, five touchdowns and an interception.

Coming into this game, it was clear what St. Thomas Aquinas is made of. Everyone in the country knows about this school. They brought plenty of fans to Camping World Stadium.

The athletes on this team are endless, the coaching staff is top notch and it really makes you wonder how many teams they could beat around the country.

Plant did a phenomenal job all season long dominating competition. With Frantzen under center, a lifelong Plant fan and so many other top athletes like Philyor, Juwan Burgess and Thomas Allen, head coach Robert Weiner has to be proud of his group.

Burgess played through a left shoulder injury all night long. Allen showed poise well after the game was over picking up plenty of his players while they were down.

The only thing Plant won in this matchup was the time of possession battle (29:47 to 18:13) but the Raiders’ average field positon was at their own 42 while the Panthers’ was at their own 28. That’s tough to overcome in any game.

Hats off to both schools for what they did on Friday night on the field. Expect them to be back in full force again next season.

Jake Perper is the scout for Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to write below or email Jake at jake.perper@hotmail.com.

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