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Armwood brings ‘confidence, swag’ against Wiregrass Ranch

The Hawks, who have won five of their past six games, score in a variety of ways Friday night.
Armwood appears to be rounding into playoff form at the right time, topping Wiregrass Ranch 41-11 on Friday night.
Armwood appears to be rounding into playoff form at the right time, topping Wiregrass Ranch 41-11 on Friday night. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Oct. 23

SEFFNER — Armwood looked to be in a true playoff form Friday night during a 41-11 victory over visiting Wiregrass Ranch.

The Hawks (6-2) have won five of their past six games, with losses coming to Tampa Bay Tech (8-0) and Hillsborough (6-2).

Peaking at the right time, Armwood coach Evan Davis preached that the “confidence, swag and the Armwood stuff that I want them to have” shined Friday night.

“I thought we did that,” Davis said. “We imposed what we wanted to do on them. Those guys are good on Wiregrass. We played hard and fast.”

On the opening drive, senior safety Khalif Hector forced a fumble and returned it 67 yards for a touchdown to put Armwood ahead. After a 43-yard field goal from the Bulls on the next drive, the home team added more points.

Junior quarterback Murdolph Jones ran in 10 yards untouched as the clock hit zero to end the first quarter.

Senior running back James Smiley tacked on a 32-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, and the Hawks held a 20-3 lead at the break.

“Let everyone talk about Tech. Let everyone talk about Wharton (unbeaten until losing to Tech on Friday). That is perfectly fine,” Davis said. “We are just going to worry about us. We have kids buying in and leadership is coming in. The kids have bought into the process.”

Freshman back Girard Pringle followed up his 41-yard run midway through the third quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run. Early in the fourth quarter, senior tight end Kellen Troyer hauled in a short pass to go 19 yards for six.

The Bulls (4-3) recorded their first touchdown when senior Iowa State commit Rocco Becht found a wide-open receiver in junior Bryson Rodgers for 22 yards.

Armwood went for it on fourth and 10 inside Wiregrass Ranch territory with just over a minute left. Sophomore Malaqhi Jones caught a 32-yard touchdown to put his side ahead by 30 points.

Defensively, Hector and junior Jaron Powell each had a solo sack for the Hawks. Wiregrass Ranch earned a nifty interception from senior Abram Beer.

“There is a relentless effort from all 11 guys on both sides of the ball and special teams,” Davis said. “Our kids are playing for each other and to win a football game and dominate. We aren’t playing for stats.”