TAMPA — After his offense was stopped on fourth down in the game's opening drive, Armwood quarterback Devin Black walked off the field shaking his head in disappointment. With so many weapons in his offense's arsenal, that frustration would be short-lived for Black as he led Armwood (3-0) to 31 first-half points in a 45-6 blowout over Blake (3-1) on Thursday.
Whether it was the long pass or the short passes that turned into long gains, Black and receiver Jerome Ford connected on a 49-yard touchdown to open the scoring and never looked back. The Armwood quarterback passed for four touchdowns and ran for another in what first-year coach Evan Davis called his quarterback's best game yet.
"I think this was Devin's most compete game overall," Davis said. "He stayed composed, showed he knew what to do and let his guys make plays."
Key drive: When a holding penalty on Armwood's second drive put the Hawks at their own 15, Ohio State commit Brian Snead broke through with a 36-yard run that set up Black's touchdown pass to Ford, giving Armwood a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Stars of the game: Ford caught three touchdown passes and several short passes that he turned into long gains to finish with 219 receiving yards. Two of those two catches, totaling 86 yards, came in the second quarter to set up Black's touchdown run. Later, Ford used his speed again to turn a shovel pass into a 58-yard touchdown. … Snead had 102 rushing yards, including a 2-yard touchdown run and two runs, 36 and 31 yards each, that set up touchdown passes. … In the second quarter, sophomore Patrick Oden, called up from the junior varsity squad this week, made a clutch 28-yard catch for a first down after the offense was called for two holding penalties.
Stats of the game: Blake's lone touchdown came on a 44-yard fumble return by Adrian Harvey, the first time the Yellow Jackets had scored against Armwood in five games since 2013. … Armwood hosts Chamberlain on Monday, its first home game since Aug. 19. Blake visits Hillsborough on Monday
Final word: "As the night went on, the confidence went up. I realized I just threw a 2-yard pass and it went 80 yards. Why not do it again?" — Armwood QB Black