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At Plant City
Scores: Durant 49, Strawberry Crest 7
Armwood 7, Plant City 0 (halted)
Spring game-breakers: The lightning that ended the second half with 9:22 to play was preceded by a deluge of miscues. The Hawks and Raiders combined for 11 penalties despite agreeing to no live action on special teams. Armwood, missing a handful of ineligible players including arguably their two best offensive linemen, punted on its first three possessions. The big Hawks’ highlight: QB Darryl Richardson’s 25-yard TD pass to Alvin Bailey. Richardson missed on five of his first six passes but connected on four of his last six for 76 yards. …Durant rising senior J.J. Garrett’s jamboree-opening 89-yard kick return — setting up a short TD run — was a fitting precursor to a nearly flawless offensive night for the Cougars. Durant scored on all six of its possessions, with burly rising senior Jamarlon Hamilton (two TDs) running for 101 yards on six carries in the first quarter alone. Jonathan Jones and Chris Atkins also had TD runs, while quarterbacks Zach Stephenson and Paxton Sims each threw for a score. Rising senior CB Randy “Bubs” Baker had an interception return for a TD.
Did you know? Durant coach Mike Gottman said Stephenson, the backup to Nick Fabrizio in 2011, has the upper hand in the Cougars’ QB derby for now. …Armwood FB Ronnie Cohen exited on a stretcher after sustaining a compound fracture on his left thumb, which had a small piece of bone protruding from it. …For the first time since his youth football days, Division I-bound Hawks S Leon McQuay III lined up at receiver. He was overthrown on one route, underthrown on another, and got turned around on yet another. “I just didn’t adjust to it,” said McQuay, who recovered a fumble on defense.
Audible 1: We would’ve been fine here. We just needed to settle in, which we were starting to do. Darryl, I thought, had great command of the offense and is getting a better idea of throwing the ball. We had a lot of new kids out there so that’s just part of high school coaching.” — Armwood coach Sean Callahan
Audible 2: “Really well, really well. We’re a group that deals with adversity all the time, it seems like. So we’re fine.” — Callahan, when asked how his team has responded to the adverse publicity stemming from an ongoing FHSAA probe
Audible 3: “I thought they did a nice job, not a lot of busts as far as assignments go. They just executed; I don’t think they had an offsides. …I just thought we moved the pile pretty well. There were some pretty good holes.” — Gottman on his offensive line of Alex Wood, Nick Insley, Cody Martin, Dalton Wilkerson and Zach Whitney
Joey Knight, Times staff writer