SEFFNER — Brian Snead and Erin Collins each topped the 100-yard mark as Armwood (3-0,1-0) used a balanced offensive attack and dominant defense to defeat Chamberlain (0-3,0-1) in the Class 6A, District 7 opener for both teams.
Key drive: Up 14-0 after a 2-yard rushing touchdown by Collins, Armwood quarterback Devin Black (17-of-23, 243 yards) hit Jerome Ford in stride for a 54-yard touchdown strike. Chamberlain appeared to answer with a kickoff return for a touchdown from Eli Saunders, but Hawk defensive back Nigel Graham punched the ball out just before the goal line, resulting in a touchback.
Stars of the game: Running backs Snead (18 carries, 162 yards) and Collins (12 carries, 108 yards, two touchdowns) controlled the clock for the Hawks while Ford (four receptions, 87 yards, two touchdowns) and Warren Thompson (5 receptions, 84 yards, touchdown) found openings in the Chief secondary. Armwood's Donte Salter recovered two fumbles while Chamberlain cornerback Donovan Baker contributed an interception.
Stats of the game: The Hawks held Chamberlain to just two first downs, the first one coming in the fourth quarter. … Armwood committed 12 penalties, included two by Thompson, resulting in an ejection for the star receiver. … Armwood has outscored its opponents 116-16 so far this season
Final word: "We are playing well on the defensive side of the football and have some great skill kids, but we were sloppy tonight. We are banged up and thin and have a lot of kids playing out of position. We're dealing with a lot of adversity and hopefully we can clean it up in time to give Plant a good game next week." — Armwood coach Sean Callahan