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Armwood: Spring football capsule

Armwood’s Ryne Giddins, here wrapping up former Plant quarterback Robert Marve, is going to be utilized at outside linebacker often this season.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times (2007)

Armwood’s Ryne Giddins, here wrapping up former Plant quarterback Robert Marve, is going to be utilized at outside linebacker often this season.

Around the county in 30 days

A daily spring preview of every football program in the county


Coach: Sean Callahan (19th season, 144-67)

Last season: 13-1 (district champion, advanced to Class 4A state semifinal)

District: Class 4A-11 (Freedom, Hillsborough, Middleton, Tampa Bay Tech)

Key losses: OL Juan Gorostiaga; LB Chris Greene; DE Sergio Joyner; OL/DL Matt Patchan; RB Eric Smith

Who's back: LB Casey Callahan; FB Matt Eastman; DE Ryne Giddins; DB Angelo Hadley; C Dillard Hurley; QB Mywan Jackson; WR Rob Jones; LB Petey Smith, right

What's new: The offense … and the defense. After running the triple option for years, the Hawks have installed a shotgun offense in which they plan to throw 15-20 times a game. This should allow Armwood to utilize the talents of Jackson and the squad's truckload of speedy backs and receivers. Defensively, the 4-3 is gone and the 3-4 is in. In it, Giddins, one of the country's top recruits, will often be used as a standup outside linebacker.

Audibles: With the 3-4, "we should be better against spread offenses and that's what many of the best teams run." — Matt Thompson, Armwood defensive coordinator

Did you know? Armwood's offensive coaches spent spring break visiting various colleges throughout the South that use the shotgun to learn more about it.

Spring game

May 22 vs. Durant (at Newsome)



Aug. 29 at Lakeland Lake Gibson

Sept. 5 at Plant

Sept. 12 vs. Wharton

Sept. 19 at Brandon

Sept. 26 at Newsome

Oct. 3 vs.


Oct. 10 vs. Tampa Bay Tech

Oct. 16 vs. Plant City

Oct. 24 at


Oct. 31 at


Nov. 7 vs. Middleton

Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writer

Armwood: Spring football capsule 05/06/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 8:31am]
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