SEFFNER — Perhaps first-year coach Evan Davis summed it up best.
"If you play us, we’re going to force you to play hard every single snap, so you have to execute against us every single snap," he said. "It’s not easy to do."
Sebring found that out the hard way Friday.
Devin Black threw for two scores and ran in two more as undefeated Armwood cruised to a 45-0 thumping of Sebring in a 6A region quarterfinal.
"When you’re at Armwood, (the playoffs are) what you play for," Davis said. "The kids were locked in from the get-go."
The Hawks (11-0) didn’t post the type of eye-popping stats typical of such a lopsided win. That’s because Armwood mostly operated on a short field, the running clock started less than two minutes into the second half and most starters exited shortly thereafter.
"It let us be a little lighter on a guy like (running back Brian) Snead," Davis said. "We were clicking."
Black opened the scoring on Armwood’s first drive, scrambling to his right and zipping a strike to Ezeriah Anderson from 25 yards out for the only score the Hawks would need. Black (8-of-11 for 95 yards and 36 rushing) then hit Warren Thompson with a 6-yard TD and ran scores in from 4 and 12 yards.
"Devin’s had two really good weeks back-to-back after having that sprained AC joint," Davis said.
The game really tilted in the Hawks’ favor in the final four minutes of the first half. Leading 14-0, Caleb Sutherland smothered the Sebring punter to give Armwood possession at the Blue Streak 3. Black connected with Thompson, and on the ensuing possession Jalil Core stepped in front of a pass and took it back 40 yards for a 28-0 halftime lead.
"We haven’t played a full game yet," said junior linebacker Ricardo Watson, who had two of the three Armwood sacks. "Tonight, we came out and put on a show for the fans. I feel we have the best defense" in Armwood history.