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Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016

Football two-a-days: Armwood, Plant

ARMWOOD COACH: Sean Callahan 2011 RECORD: 15-0 KEY LOSSES: FB/LB Keionne Baines, DL Allen Covington, C Cameron Dees, RB/WR Wade Edwards, RB Matt Jones, DL Sheldon Lewinson, DB Jarvis McCall, RT Kevin McCoy, WR Javonte Sneed, LB Eric Striker, LG Cody Waldrop.
KEY RETURNERS: WR Alvin Bailey, K Nick Feely, DB Kyle Gibson, DB Leon McQuay III, QB Darryl Richardson, LB Warren Williams. SPRING FOCUS: The Hawks have had a spring full of off-fieled distractions with an FHSAA investigation that has the team's 2011 state title in jeopardy. However, the main focus this spring is to replace a wealth of graduating talent. The defense loses a number of starters, but does return probably the area's top defensive back in McQuay. McQuay had three interceptions in the postseason for the Hawks including one he returned for a touchdown in the team's 40-31, 6A state final victory against Miami Central. On offense, the team will have five new starters on the offensive line and also loses leading rusher Jones and its rushing touchdown leader, Edwards. Helping to ease that transition is athlete extraordinaire Bailey, who provided 2,261 yards of offense last year and 21 touchdowns. The Hawks will need to lean on its experienced and returning starters on offense including QB Richardson. JAMBOREE: Thursday at Plant City 2012 SCHEDULE Aug. 24 -- Gibbs Aug. 31 -- Brandon Sept. 7 -- Delray Beach American Heritage Sept. 14 -- at Tampa Bay Tech Sept. 21 -- at Leto Sept. 28 -- Jefferson Oct. 5 -- Sickles Oct. 12 -- at Strawberry Crest Oct. 19 -- at Hillsborough Oct. 26 -- at Plant Nov. 2 – King Jarrett Guthrie --- PLANT COACH: Bob Weiner 2011 RECORD: 14-1 KEY LOSSES: QB James Few, WR Austin Aikens, WR Daniel Casselli, S Drew Madhu, K Grant Van Aman, DL/OL Patrick Wright, FB/LB Tate Rogers, DE Michael Dvornik, FB/LB Mike Tate, WR/DB Antonio Crawford, OL Nathan Shienle. KEY RETURNERS: RB Wesley Bullock, QB Aaron Banks, OL Richy Klepal, DB/RB Paris Bostick, LB Reeves Rogers, WR Alex Jackson, OL Richard Bush, DL Michael Wright, DL/FB Quinn Metoyer. SPRING FOCUS: The Panthers lost a number of starters off last year's team that won the 2011 Class 8A state title, but don't expect a major rebuilding project. Banks is the heir apparent at quarterback, but he's getting plenty of challenge from Kyle Ploucher, Kyle Groh and transfer Colby Brown, who moved this year from Orlando Olympia High. Running back is in great shape with Bullock behind one of the best Panther offensive lines in many years. Klepal, who is among the hottest college recruits in the country, is the offensive line's leader. Defensively, Plant must find a way to replace Tate, who finished 2011 with 210 tackles. Much is expected of returning LB Rogers and defensive linemen Metoyer and Wright. All things considered, it looks like Plant is in position to make a run at another state title. Plant tentatively has a regular-season game scheduled in New Orleans, but details still need to be ironed out. JAMBOREE: Thursday at Leto 2012 SCHEDULE Aug. 31 -- at Jesuit Sept. 7 -- Hillsborough Sept. 14 – Jefferson Sept. 28 -- at Tampa Bay Tech Oct. 5 -- at Wharton Oct. 12 – Brandon Oct. 19 – at Alonso Oct. 26 – Armwood Nov. 2 – Bloomingdale Nov. 9 -- at Robinson Scott Purks