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Armwood vs. Tampa Bay Tech teeming with Division I-A talent

Friday night's Armwood at Tampa Bay Tech game will have at least 17 Division I-A prospects on the field. Armwood has the most with 10 players either committed or being recruited by D-I schools. Here is a look at three intriguing matchups in Friday's season opener:

Tampa Bay Tech QB Michael Penix vs. Armwood's secondary: Penix is a Tennessee commit with a strong arm and uncanny accuracy. He threw just one interception last season. Against Brandon in last week's preseason game, he threw five touchdown passes. But Armwood is a different beast. The Hawks' secondary, led by Jhonny Quest, had three interceptions last week against Manatee, including on the first play of the game. Penix was 10-of-29 for 129 yards and two touchdowns in last year's 38-14 loss to Armwood.

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Tampa Bay Tech QB Michael Penix

 

Armwood RB Brian Snead vs. Tampa Bay Tech LB Jonathan King: Snead is committed to Ohio State and poised to have a big senior season. He had 101 yards and two touchdowns against the Titans last season. Overall, he gained 901 yards and scored 15 touchdowns as a junior. King is committed to Oregon and the captain of the Titan defense. He will certainly need some help in slowing down Snead, but King could factor in on every play against Armwood's dual-threat offense.

Charlie Kaijo | Times

Armwood RB Brian Snead

Charlie Kaijo | Times

Tampa Bay Tech LB Jonathan King

 

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Tampa Bay Tech RBs vs. Armwood's defense: Treshaun Ward is a junior transfer from Plant City with offers from USF and East Carolina. As a sophomore, he gained 169 yards and scored two touchdowns against the Hawks in a 36-16 loss at Plant City. TBT's running game was stuffed by Armwood last season. The Titans gained just 44 yards and Jaquavious Johnson had 11 of them. Hawks' defensive end Malcolm Lamar (Oregon) will be tough to deal with. Linebackers James Miller (LSU, USF, Oregon), Caleb Sutherland (Toledo) and Ricardo Watson (USF, Oregon) will be stalking.

Charlie Kaijo | Times

Armwood LB James Miller and DE Malcolm Lamar

 

Top-tier talent

Armwood: RB Brian Snead (Ohio State), QB Devin Black (Indiana, Louisville), WR Warren Thompson (Oregon), WR Jerome Ford (Alabama, Oregon State, USF), DE Malcolm Lamar (Oregon), LB James Miller (LSU, USF, Oregon,) LB Caleb Sutherland (Toledo), LB Ricardo Watson (USF, Oregon),WR Markeis Colvin (FAU, Marshall), DE Fitzroy Gardner (Colorado State, Tulane)

Tampa Bay Tech: QB Michael Penix (Tennessee), LB Jonathan King (Oregon), RB Treshaun Ward (USF, East Carolina), WR Levi Jackson (Mercer), WR Isaiah Stephens (Indiana), OL Quintin King (Bethune-Cookman), DL Darius Richardson (Army)

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