TAMPA — The trouble for Hillsborough started on the game's first play when Armwood successfully recovered an onside kick. Forty-eight minutes later, with the last 12 ticking off to a running clock, the Hawks had finished off an old-fashioned whipping, 37-2 over the Terriers.
Heroes? The list for Armwood begins with running back Caylon Holloway, who rushed 11 times for 121 yards and a touchdown; and quarterback Noah Johnson, who completed six of 14 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.
On the Hawks' defensive side, you could almost give a game ball to all 11 starters, who shut down highly skilled Terriers quarterback Dwayne Lawson, who completed only five of nine passes for 66 yards and threw two interceptions. Lawson also was sacked four times and totaled only 24 yards on 14 carries.
“Lawson is a great player and he can do a lot of things, but we had six or seven guys who are pretty good getting after him,” Armwood coach Sean Callahan said. “Up front I thought we played pretty well.”
Hillsborough, in fact, didn't get its first first down until 3 minutes remained in the first half. At the half, the Hawks led 30-0 and had outgained the Terriers 225-39.
“I told you we were young and we showed it tonight,” Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia said. “We have a lot of work to do.”
Even though its still early in the season, the key Class 6A-District 8 loss almost assuredly eliminates the Terriers (0-2, 0-2) from the playoffs. Armwood (3-0, 2-0), meanwhile, is eyeing key district matchups against Robinson on Friday and Jefferson the following week.
Friday's game no doubt gives the Hawks a great deal of confidence moving forward.
“On film we thought Hillsborough looked good and we brought a lot of energy into tonight,” Holloway said. “When we started quick like we did I thought we could put up 50 (points), but I'm satisfied.”
Hawks running back Greg Newton also provided plenty of punch with four carries for 43 yards and a touchdown catch of 23 yards that involved crashing through a host of Terriers before getting into the end zone.
“Our team is also pretty young, but our young guys are pretty experienced,” Callahan said. “Now we just have to keep our focus.”
Armwood 10 20 7 0 — 37
Hillsborough 0 0 2 0 — 2
A-FG Hoffrichter 36
A-Holloway 5 run (Hoffrichter kick)
A-Zilbar 19 pass from Johnson (Hoffrichter kick)
A-Newton 4 run (kick failed)
A-Newton 23 pass from Johnson (Hoffrichter kick)
H-Terriers blocked punt out of end zone
A-Carrington 1 run (Hofrichter kick)