Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

4A football: Armwood 50, Tampa Bay Tech 20

SEFFNER — Armwood coach Sean Callahan said it's "always tough" to play a team a second time in a season after you've beaten them once. Callahan was correct, but the result remained the same: another Armwood win.

The Hawks trailed for the first time all season but the defense scored three touchdowns as Armwood poured on 28 points in the fourth to defeat Tampa Bay Tech for the second time this year, 50-20 in the 4A region semifinals.

"Our offense struggled a little, but the defense came through with some big plays," said safety Angelo Hadley, who set the all-time Armwood interception record Friday with his 19th career pick. "And we needed it tonight."

Armwood's defense gave up more points than it had all season, but also came up with huge plays when necessary. Theodore Jackson blocked a pair of punts, the defense recorded four sacks (three by Alton Bailey), recovered three fumbles — including touchdown returns by Ryne Giddins and Quinton Brown — and picked off TBT quarterback Angel Rodriguez three times. The last interception was by Giddins, who took it back 16 yards for his second score of the night.

"I've never scored two touchdowns before in my career," he said. "It was an exciting feeling."

Few on the Armwood (12-0) side were excited after the game's opening drive. Antonio Wallace capped a 15-play drive that ate up all but 2:36 of the first quarter with a 7-yard touchdown run.

Mywan Jackson's (106 yards rushing, 4-of-7 for 147 yards passing) 2-yard TD run put the Hawks ahead 22-6 with 4:16 left in the third. But Rodriguez (7-of-21, 188 yards) connected on long TD passes to C.J. Jackson (48 yards) and Ponce McNeal (36) to trim the Armwood lead to 29-20 with 11:07 left. But Bailey's second block of the night on TBT's next series led to touchdown runs of 21 and 6 yards by Matt Jones on successive Armwood possessions.

"Am I completely happy with the way we played? No," Callahan said. "But at no time did we panic."

Tampa Bay Tech20

4A football: Armwood 50, Tampa Bay Tech 20 11/29/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 8:38pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Jones: Steve Yzerman's plan for getting the Lighting back into the playoffs

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — Seems like forever since the Lightning played a hockey game.

    If the Lightning season started right now, would Steve Yzerman be happy with what he has? "We're still a couple of players short,'' Yzerman said.. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  2. Mikhail Sergachev said he felt comfortable and welcomed in his first day in a Lightning uniform.
  3. Trump welcomes Joe Maddon and World Series champion Cubs to White House

    The Heater

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has welcomed the manager and several players from the World Series champion Chicago Cubs to the White House.

    President Donald Trump, with Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, right, and team members, gives a thumb-up as he meets with the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs, Wednesday,  in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. [AP photo]
  4. Lightning re-signs Cory Conacher to two-year deal


    Cory Conacher said he wanted another shot in the NHL, and hoped it would be with the Lightning.

    Cory Conacher on Wednesday signed a two-year deal with Tampa Bay.
  5. For starters: Rays at Pirates, with Blake Snell on the mound


    LHP Blake Snell returns to the majors for the Rays tonight after a six-week stint at Triple-A Durham, confident changes to his mechanics will lead to more strike-throwing and an increase in confidence will make him more successful.

    Blake Snell returns to the majors for the Rays tonight after a six-week stint at Triple-A Durham.