The REAL night both Armwood and Plant lost
Last week, Armwood lost to American Heritage and Plant lost to John Curtis Christian. Considering the quality of opponent, neither loss was really shocking, but the fact that both of Tampa Bay's greatest high school football powers lost on the same night sent me scurrying.
I mean, when the heck was the last time that happened?
Unable to get into our archives from the Superdome pressbox, I headed to MaxPreps.com and found what I thought I was looking for: Sept. 3, 2004.
On that night, according to what is typically a very reliable record-keeping website, Armwood lost to Hillsborough 41-24 and Plant lost to Durant 31-15.
So when I got back to Tampa, I decided to get into our system and get some details. The biggest one I could find: those games never happened.
Remember Hurricane Frances? She whipped through Tampa Bay that year, causing the first week of the 2004 games to be rained out.
Now, why MaxPreps has those games that never happened listed with scores that never happened is a mystery to me. But like I said, the site is usually very good and accurate, and to be fair, did not exist in 2004, so who knows.
NOTE: Local football enthusiast and record keeper Steve Jones writes in remind me that non-playoff teams were allowed to make that first week game up Nov. 11, 2014, which was the Wednesday of the first week of the playoffs. Plant and Durant did play, and the Cougars did win 30-6. Thanks, Steve.
Back to the Times archives I went. It was no easy task -- Armwood was hardly losing back then, even if Plant was, and alot of the results on our team pages had no dates.
But I found it, double checked it and here we go:
The last time Plant and Armwood both lost on the same night was Oct. 12, 2001, when Tampa Bay Tech beat the Hawks 14-10 and Brandon beat Plant 33-28. You can book that.
Oh, and my head hurts.
(An interesting note on those games -- that was the last time Tech beat Armwood, and they play Friday; and future NFL player Mike Williams and current Washington Nationals player Corey Brown both caught touchdown passes from Stephan Reaves that night for the Panthers.)