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TAMPA -- Through the rain clouds, one of Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia’s prayers was answered this week.
Terriers junior three-way standout Jeremiah Green will be active for Hillsborough’s Class 6A-8 district game against Armwood on Thursday.
Green -- a running back, cornerback and return man for the Terriers -- missed Hillsborough’s 20-10 win over Sickles on Friday after he was went to the hospital Thursday night with an abscessed tooth.
Hillsborough (6-1, 4-0 in 6A-8) will need everything it has against Armwood (7-0, 4-0) in the de facto district title game. The Hawks, ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation, have yet to allow an offensive touchdown to a Florida opponent in six games.
Having Green will help. He has rushed for 264 yards on 22 carries (12 yards a carry) and five touchdowns. On defense, he has one interception and averages 5.3 tackles a game. Before being hospitalized, Green was nursing a foot injury.
Garcia said Green will be limited to no more than 12 plays on offense.
Garcia hoped to have defensive back Albert Perry back this week from a broken left arm he suffered in Week 2 against Plant, but the coach said Perry is still a week away from returning.
Perry had eight pins inserted into his arm, but began lifting again two weeks ago.
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