SEFFNER — Armwood reeled off its ninth consecutive win in a 38-0 playoff tuneup over Durant (3-7).
The Hawks (9-1) were solid in all three phases, taking a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 49-yard run around end by junior running back Eric "EJ" Wilson (11 carries, 118 yards).
"Eric is selfless. He does whatever we ask him to do. His positive presence really helps us" said Armwood coach Evan Davis.
Later in the quarter it was Agiye Hall making a spectacular catch over two defenders on a 46-yard touchdown toss by fellow sophomore Cam'ron Ransom for a 14-0 Hawk lead.
In the second quarter, junior cornerback De'Kwan Hughes blocked a punt deep in Cougar territory, setting up the Hawks at the 5-yard line. Three plays later, it was 6-foot, 290-pound offensive lineman Myles Hunt-Cruz, playing fullback in the jumbo package, scoring from 2 yards out to give Armwood a 21-0 lead going into halftime.
In the third quarter, it was Ransom taking matters into his own hands, scoring on a 2-yard plunge up the middle to put the Hawks up 28-0. Later in the quarter, it was senior kicker Adrian Olivo nailing a 29 yard field goal. Olivo was perfect on extra points and pinned Durant back with several touchbacks on kickoffs.
"Cam'ron played well tonight. Its extremely important for him to be the leader and the kids feel confident in him," Davis added.
The trademark Armwood defense was dominant, holding Durant to just 22 passing yards and 4 rushing yards. The Hawks were led by senior Justin Williams (two sacks), junior Clyde Pinder (sack), senior Dwayne Wells (fumble recovery) and junior Rashaad Johnson (interception)
"Our front seven is really starting to play as a unit. They are really complementing each other, from Clyde Pinder, to Desmond Watson, to Justin Williams to Ricardo Watson to James Range, who played really well tonight," Davis said.