Class 4A State Championship Final
Armwood (14-0) vs. Tallahassee Lincoln (10-4)
Where: Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando
WhEN: Saturday, 1 p.m.
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).
Tampa Bay Tech 38-6
East Bay 49-12
Tallahassee Lincoln (10-4)
Valdosta, Ga. 31-35
Florida State University 45-7
Pine Forest 21-28
Madison County 13-27
Navarre 34-33 (3 OT)