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Quick look at state 4A championship game between Armwood, Lincoln

Armwood receivers, from left, A.J. King (13), Alvin Bailey (3) and Ronnie Thomas (5), as they prepare for their state 4A championship football game against Lincoln High.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

Armwood receivers, from left, A.J. King (13), Alvin Bailey (3) and Ronnie Thomas (5), as they prepare for their state 4A championship football game against Lincoln High.

Class 4A State Championship Final

Armwood (14-0) vs. Tallahassee Lincoln (10-4)

Where: Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando

WhEN: Saturday, 1 p.m.

ADMISSION: $10

COACHEs: Lincoln — Yusuf Shakir, 19-8 (2nd year);

Armwood — Sean Callahan, 182-70 (21st year).

key players: Lincoln — RB Javorius Allen, QB Ronald Butler, KR Reggie Davis, LB Eugene Mills, LB Rod Washington.

Armwood — QB Josh Grady, RB Matt Jones, G Cody Waldrop, LB Eric Striker, S Jermaine McKinney.

playoff history: Lincoln — 36-14 in 17 postseason appearances, three state championship appearances, won state titles in 1999 and 2001; Armwood — 33-10 in 14 postseason appearances, three state championship game appearances, won state titles in 2003 and 2004.

Quick counT: Coach Sean Callahan said it took the weekend for the Hawks to come down form the high that came after defeating Dwyer 22-20 last Friday on a 44-yard Ash Dudney field goal as time expired. Many considered the Armwood-Dwyer state semifinal game to be the true state championship, but Lincoln is far from a pushover. The Trojans survived a triple overtime thriller in the region finals against Navarre. Lincoln promises to be a well-coached unit under Yusuf Shakir, who helped turn a Gibbs program around before taking over his alma mater two seasons ago. Shakir lead the Gladiators to their first winning season in five years and first playoff berth in 40. During his two-year tenure at Gibbs, the Gladiators featured ferocious special teams, most notably the punt block unit. The Trojans' Reggie Davis is a dangerous return man, taking three kickoffs back for touchdowns. Lincoln's offense is balanced, led by Allen (1,112 yards rushing and 12 TDs) and Butler (133-244 for 1,890 yards and 22 TDs).

Armwood (14-0)

Newsome 42-7

Tampa Bay Tech 38-6

Wharton 54-0

Plant 17-0

King 41-0

Chamberlain 52-0

Hillsborough 34-15

Gaither 49-7

East Bay 49-12

Alonso 49-7

Playoffs

Sickles 35-7

Hillsborough 39-6

Charlotte 28-12

Dwyer 20-22

Tallahassee Lincoln (10-4)

Niceville 14-24

Valdosta, Ga. 31-35

Florida State University 45-7

Rickards 21-0

Pine Forest 21-28

Wakulla 24-10

Madison County 13-27

Leon 15-10

Chiles 35-13

Godby 24-7

Playoffs

Ridgeview 34-0

Wakulla 35-16

Navarre 34-33 (3 OT)

Gainesville 36-14

Quick look at state 4A championship game between Armwood, Lincoln 12/16/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 16, 2010 3:30am]
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