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Armwood's Cross back on team, likely to play Friday

Dykerius Cross has rejoined the Armwood football team and is expected to play Friday against Newsome, coach Sean Callahan said.

Cross, a senior wide receiver, returned to practice for the first time Tuesday, a day after he met with the coach to ask if he could return to the team.

"We always told him we wanted him on the team but we wanted him to get his life in order," Callahan said. "Not only did he have to apologize but he said he knows the expectations and what he has to do differently.

"The biggest thing is that he seems happy again. For him to be happy is the most important part. He knows he has to follow the rules of his house, the rules of the school and the rules of the football team."

Cross, 18, was arrested last week for the second time in three weeks and charged with breaking into homes in his Seffner neighborhood. He told police he was homeless and looking for a place to sleep. His family told the Times he always had a place to sleep, but would break curfew, and his uncle said he believed Cross was breaking into the homes so he wouldn't get in trouble for coming home late.

Kilmon Cross, Dykerius' uncle, said his nephew is back living with family and that he has learned a lesson.

"Of course he did," Kilmon Cross said. "He didn't know this was going to become this big. … He always wanted to be back on the football team as long as the coach allowed him. That's what he needs."

Armwood's Cross back on team, likely to play Friday 09/24/08 [Last modified: Friday, September 26, 2008 1:38pm]
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