Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Armwood comes back after odd feeling of trailing at half

PLANT CITY — For the second week in a row, Armwood found itself training at the half. Sure, last week was a dress rehearsal against Bradenton Manatee in a preseason game, but Friday night was the real deal, and the Hawks trailed Plant City 16-14.

"These boys aren't used to losing around here," Armwood quarterback Devin Black said. "It's not what they do."

And in the end, they didn't.

Black scampered in from 7 yards on the Hawks' opening possession of the second half and Erin Collins ran for three scores as visiting Armwood scored 22 unanswered second-half points to win 36-16 in the regular-season opener for both teams.

"I've been through every kind of adversity in my career," said Black, making his first regular-season start for Amrwood after transferring in from Lennard. "We were down a lot at the half (at Lennard), so I have that experience of being able to come-from-behind."

Treshaun Ward's 64-yard touchdown run cut Armwood's lead to 14-9 and he then put Plant City ahead thanks to his 1-yard scoring plunge on the half's final play.

But form there, the momentum quickly turned in the Hawks' favor.

Jabreel Stephens blocked a punt on Plant City's first series of the second half, and two plays later Black (12-of-26 for 156 yards passing and 75 more rushing) ran around right end to put the Hawks up for good.

"I'm still getting used to all my new teammates," Black said. "The coaches have told me if nothing's there, pull it down and take off."

Collins had to shoulder the load when fellow backfield mate Brian Snead left the game for good in the second with an apparent back injury. Collins, a North Carolina State commit, finished with 131 yards on 15 carries and scored from 1, 2 and 20 yards out.

"He's a great player," Black said of Collins. "That was big when Brian went out but (Collins) took over."

Ward finished with a game-high 153 yards for Plant City and teammate Cody Cribbs picked off a pair of passes, one near the Armwood goal line and the other in the end zone.

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