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Armwood keeps building football legacy

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The Armwood High School football legacy is no secret in Hillsborough County.

Ten years ago, head coach Sean Callahan led the Hawks to a state championship. Last week, the former players returned to be recognized during Armwood's playoff game.

But it doesn't feel like 10 years have come and gone for everyone. Armwood announcer Bruce Burnham remembers the championship season well, as it was his first year announcing.

"Coach Callahan has done a masterful job of keeping the program in the upper echelon of high school football since that first championship," Burnham said. "The main change is that now, other schools measure their success with ours."

While the current players were very young when the 2003 team brought home the title, that doesn't mean the victory isn't in their childhood memories.

"Many of their family and friends were on the team, and they watched some of the games as little kids," said Burnham. "You can't go anywhere in this area without knowing someone who was with the team then."

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Bruce Burnham is the announcer for Armwood High School football games. His first name was incorrect in a "More Than a Game" feature last Friday.

Each week this fall, Times photographer Eve Edelheit has scanned the county to focus on the ancillary aspects — players, drama, coaches, fans, highs, lows, tradition, cheerleaders — that make prep football in this area "More Than a Game."

Each week this fall, Times photographer Eve Edelheit will scan the county to focus on the ancillary aspects — players, drama, coaches, fans, highs, lows, tradition, cheerleaders — that make prep football in this area "More Than a Game."

Armwood keeps building football legacy 12/04/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 10:52am]
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