GIBSONTON — Armwood's defense looked shaky, East Bay's offensive line looked impressive and Hillsborough's Lawrence Dawsey looked sharp as the teams wrapped up the preseason with a three-way jamboree.
Each team played a half against the other two. Armwood defeated East Bay 13-0 in the first half, Hillsborough beat the Hawks 7-0 in the second and the Indians got past the Terriers 15-13 in the third.
East Bay moved the ball with relative ease against Armwood. The Indians picked up 144 yards on the ground in the half, paced by 104 from Anthony Hollingshed.
The Indians ran 41 plays compared to the Hawks' three. Dating back to Armwood's spring game with Tampa Bay Tech, the Hawks had only run 14 offensive plays so far.
"Our defense couldn't get off the field," Armwood coach Sean Callahan said. "And our offense couldn't stay on it to get the reps."
Quarterback Darrian McNeal went around right end and made it 6-0 Hawks on an 89-yard run on the Hawks' second offensive play. Brian Snead then scored from 84 yards on Armwood's next possession.
East Bay had first-and-goal on two of its three possessions and reached the Hawks' 1 twice but could not find the end zone.
"You got to be able to dig deep and punch that in," East Bay coach Frank LaRosa said. "They did all the right things to get there but you need that dog in you to punch it in."
Lawrence Dawsey hit C.J. Williams on a 23-yard strike down the right flank for the lone score in Hillsborough's half with Armwood. Dawsey finished 4-of-6 for 73 yards and 25 more on the ground.
Hillsborough's defense forced two turnovers on downs and two punts. The teams combined for 21 penalties, with the Hawks accounting for 13. Armwood's defense also showed well, sacking Dawsey three times.
Dawsey found C.J. Williams for a 13-yard TD to open the scoring for Hillsborough against East Bay. Jordan Anderson's quarterback sneak from 4 yards and ensuing extra point gave East Bay a 7-6 lead with just under 11 minutes to play. Hillsborough backup QB Caleb Youngblood scored on a 28-yard keeper on the next possession to make it 12-7 Terriers. DJ Crutcher then gave the Indians the lead for good with a 34-yard TD run.