TAMPA — Throughout the season, as Armwood continued its weekly dismantling of local teams, even Hawks coach Sean Callahan didn't know entirely what to make of it.
But Friday's convincing 46-7 win over district rival Hillsborough — marking the first time the game has ended with a running clock at Chelo Huerta Field in Earl Garcia's 16 seasons as Hillsborough's head coach — gave Callahan a little insight.
"I'm starting to think we're that good," Callahan said. "There was a time when I didn't think our opponents were that good."
The Hawks (8-0, 2-0) have now pitched defensive shutouts against two of the county's top teams — Plant in the season opener and Hillsborough on Friday. The Terriers scored their only touchdown on an interception return.
"It's phenomenal what we're doing. I don't think anyone would have thought we've been putting those type of stats together," said Callahan, whose team is allowing 3.1 points per game.
The Hawks forced four Hillsborough turnovers, including three by senior safety Angelo Hadley. His first came on the on the Terriers' first offensive play, intercepting a Tarean Austin pass. The Hawks scored one play later, the beginning of a 19-0 run in the first eight minutes.
"I knew it would take them out of their offense quick if we could get a turnover early in the game," Hadley said.
Later in the game, Hadley recovered a fumble that led to another touchdown, and moments returned an interception 23 yards for Armwood's final touchdown.
Hawks quarterback Mywan Jackson anchored the Armwood offense, rushing for 117 yards and a touchdown while also throwing a touchdown pass. Running back Tavari Grant ran for two scores, including a second-quarter 70-yard run.
For the Terriers (5-3, 2-1), the loss means their 15-season postseason streak is in jeopardy. They need to beat Tampa Bay Tech in two weeks to earn a playoff spot.
"Our season boils down to two games," Garcia said.