Scores: Plant City 23, Durant 0
Armwood 34, Strawberry Crest 0
Spring game-breakers: Despite a bland scheme that featured three total blitzes, Plant City sacked Cougars rising senior Trey VanDeGrift at least four times and nearly held the Cougars to negative rushing yardage. … Raiders rising junior DB Sawyer Dawson scored on a 73-yard interception return and blocked a punt near the goal line that Patrick Colleran scooped up and ran in for another TD. … Armwood ILB Jordan Griffin and CB Aaron Covington had two interceptions each, returning one each for a TD. On Covington’s pick-six, DE Byron Cowart rocked Crest QB Tristan Hyde as he released the ball, which was tipped to Covington. … Hawks rising junior QB Noah Johnson totaled more than 200 yards including an 18-yard TD pass to Austin Gallon.
Did you know? Armwood and Strawberry Crest combined for nearly 200 penalty yards. … Hawks RB Greg Newton and FB Craig Carrington, each of whom ran for a TD, were playing their first game since the 2011 state final. Both were suspended for a year amid the well-documented 2012 FHSAA probe of the Hawks program. … Durant RB Chris Atkins, the Cougars’ top returning rusher, rolled his ankle in the second period and didn’t return. … Hawks coach Sean Callahan said he’s trying to arrange a two-year preseason classic series with 2009 and ’10 Class 2A state champ Cocoa.
Audible 1: “We dominated out here. We let everybody in Hillsborough County know that Plant City’s coming. We’re sharks around here. We’re swarming.” — Plant City DE John Broome, who had two sacks on Durant’s first six plays from scrimmage
Audible 2: “We’ve got so much seven-on-seven (scheduled). I’ve got to buy into this thing. We’ve got the whole summer booked up.” — Callahan, never a hearty proponent of seven-on-seven, who nonetheless will participate to help develop Armwood’s pistol offense