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Football Two-A-Days: Armwood, Chamberlain

COACH: Sean Callahan
DISTRICT: 6A-8 (Blake, Chamberlain, Hillsborough, Jefferson, King, Leto, Lennard, Robinson)
2012 RECORD: 9-4
KEY LOSSES: WR/QB Alvin Bailey, QB/WR Darryl Richardson, K Nick Feely, S Leon McQuay, RB Ronnie Cohen
KEY RETURNERS: OL Jeff Bartley, WR Austin Gallon, RB Greg Newton, DE Byron Cowart, S Kyle Gibson, WR Talvin Bailey, DE Hyraim Fredrick
SPRING FOCUS: Perhaps the biggest question this spring was how rising junior quarterback Noah Johnson, a junior varsity player last season, would step up as the varsity starter. So far, so good. Johnson is fast and has a strong arm, both of which will be featured in Armwood's attack. Callahan said the Hawks will also look to run plenty with rising senior running backs Craig Carrington and Greg Newton while spreading out the passing game with Bailey, Gallon and Hunter Zilbar.
Defensively, Armwood looks stout, particularly at safety with major Division I recruit Kyle Gibson, and at linebacker with Bryan Thomas, Jordan Griffin, Eric Frazier and Curtis Woodard. The kicking game also looks solid, with rising junior Sterling Hoffrichter, who has consistently booted 50-yard field goals in practice. As for playing in one of the state's toughest districts, Callahan said he relishes tough competition, but wishes the Hawks could have played arch-rival Plant as it had done for many years.
JAMBOREE: Thursday vs. Strawberry Crest
Aug. 23 – Kickoff Classic, TBA
Aug. 30 – at Durant
Sept. 6 – Blake
Sept. 12 – at Hillsborough
Sept. 20 – Robinson
Sept. 27 – at Jefferson
Oct. 4 – Bye
Oct. 11 – Leto
Oct. 18 – at Lennard
Oct. 25 – King
Nov. 1 – at Chamberlain
Nov. 8 – Strawberry Crest
Scott Purks
DISTRICT: 6A-8 (Armwood, Blake, Hillsborough, Jefferson, King, Leto, Lennard, Robinson)
2012 RECORD: 4-6
KEY LOSSES: RB Xavier Johnson, DB/WR Jermaine Gilyard, DB/WR Ronnie Scott
KEY RETURNERS: OLB Anthony Davis, QB/DB/RB Dekarai Highsmith, OLB Michael Rivera
SPRING FOCUS: The Chiefs have had to work through the spring without three starting offensive linemen: Dajshon Oliver (torn labrum), Randall Gunter (broken leg) and Colton Caldwell (torn ACL). These injuries have made it doubly tough on practices, because the three sometimes play defense, as well. The good news is all are expected to be healthy before fall practice begins. The questions, however, continue at quarterback, where three players are competing for the starting job, including Dupree Falls, Seth Jordan and Josh Bennett. Mayo said he will also feature Highsmith at quarterback in several packages, and he is comfortable moving Falls, Jordan and Bennett to other positions because all are good athletes.
Overall, the spirit and strength continue to rise at Chamberlain under Mayo, who is stepping into his second season. “I'm glad we're playing Hillsborough (on Thursday), because with all the kids out we really don't know how good we are,” Mayo said. “Playing a quality program like Hillsborough should tell us a lot.”
JAMBOREE: Thursday vs. Hillsborough (at Middleton)
Aug. 23 – Kickoff Classic, TBA
Aug. 30 – Gaither
Sept. 6 – at Leto
Sept. 12 – Lennard
Sept. 20 – at King
Sept. 27 – at Brandon
Oct. 4 – Blake
Oct. 11 – at Hillsborough
Oct. 18 – Robinson
Oct. 25 – at Jefferson
Nov. 1 – Armwood
Nov. 8 – Bye
Scott Purks
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