PLANT CITY — Kiana King scored a pair of first-half touchdowns, the highlights in a 20-19 triumph for Armwood against rival King for its first flag football district championship Tuesday.
The senior tailback ran for the opening score from a yard out three minutes into the District 12 showdown. She set herself up with a 30-yard interception return on the previous play.
Shawntelle Newsome led Armwood (10-1) to a 20-7 halftime advantage with second-quarter scoring passes to King and Alexsia Brown, the latter only 15 seconds before the intermission.
King (9-2) shut down the initial Armwood drive of the second half, then cut the deficit with a 50-yard punt return by Latoria Johnson. Lions quarterback KeKe Arnold made it 20-19 late in the third with her second rushing touchdown of the game, but her passing attempt to tie it fell short.
“I didn’t expect them to come back at all, down 13 points,” said Hawks coach Ron Blair, whose team dealt the Lions their only other loss. “At that point when we played them the first game, they quit. This game, they fought and they fought and they fought.”