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TAMPA — Armwood got its groove back Friday night.
After a loss last week and an offseason full of turmoil, the Hawks went on the road and dismantled Tampa Bay Tech 30-0. A completely stifling defensive performance and a quick-strike passing game was the winning formula.
“We have a lot to figure out this year and we needed a big week against another tough opponent,” Armwood coach Sean Callahan said. “It was a big win for us.”
Across the board on defense — line, linebackers and secondary — all cylinders were clicking for the Hawks.
Armwood had a slew of sacks and pressures while the Titans’ running backs were held in check. And when Tampa Bay Tech did try to throw, it was stopped for just a handful of yards. The Hawks held the Titans to 8 passing yards and just over 100 yards rushing for the night, and never let Tech get inside their own 20.
With a short field on several possessions, Armwood was able to take advantage.
Quarterback Darryl Richardson used his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame to practically walk into the end zone for Armwood’s first score from 6 yards out.
Richardson then hooked up with favorite target Alvin Bailey. The wide receiver sat out the first quarter for disciplinary reasons, but made up for it in the final three. Richardson found Bailey in single coverage and hit him for a 59-yard score. Bailey, who finished with 101 yards receiving, showed off his blazing speed when he took a 5-yard pass at the 10 and sped past three defenders for his second score.
Play was stopped for about 20 minutes when TBT running back Tajee Fullwood injured his back and was carted off the field.