AT ARMWOOD IN sEFFNER
Newsome 14, Plant City 7
Armwood 32, Durant 3
Spring game-breakers: Armwood's refurbished backfield, led by rising junior quarterback Josh Grady and sophomore feature back Matt Jones, dazzled in their 2009 debuts. A Freedom transfer, Grady ran for a 33-yard touchdown and tossed a 50-yard scoring strike to A.J. King, who later got behind the Cougars secondary for a 56-yard catch. …Jones (six carries, 92 yards) finished with a 65-yard TD run with 16.2 seconds to play. …Durant had first and goal at the Armwood 3, but settled for a Zach Lewis 22-yard field goal. …Newsome quarterback Matt Klenke's 16-yard TD pass to Joe Worth with 1:26 to play lifted the Wolves past the Raiders. Klenke went 3-for-4 for 45 yards on the winning drive. …Plant City's Jordan Prestwood, a 6-foot-5, 239-pound rising junior, had a 10-yard catch on third and 11 to set up the Raiders' lone score, a 2-yard sneak by quarterback Bennie Coney.
Did you know? Armwood's anticipated spring QB derby between Grady and sophomore Tanner Emmons never materialized. Emmons is a third baseman for the Hawks baseball team that plays Monday in the Class 5A state tournament. As a freshman last season, Emmons led the Hawks' undefeated JV team. …Strawberry Crest, which will play a blend of JV and varsity opposition in its first season this fall, attended the jamboree.
Audible 1: "He's only going to get better. Matt Jones clearly has a chance to be the best football player that Armwood's ever had, and he's only a (sophomore)." — Hawks coach Sean Callahan
Audible 2: "We had a couple of good drives there, and at the end in the two-minute offense it really came together and looked good." — Newsome coach Ken Hiscock
Joey Knight, Times staff writer