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Reaction to the Armwood High football penalties

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 06:20 PM

Armwood wide receiver Alvin Bailey, a star member of the squad the last two seasons:

"I'm not really worried about it. I'm just focused on next season, getting ready to get back on the field and just show people we like to win and we like to play.

"It hurts but we got our (championship) rings and had great seasons both years. We did everything we had to do on the field. We worked hard for what we got and no one can take that away from us."

Adam Zilbar, father of 2010 Armwood football linebacker Jacob Zilbar and current Hawks players Hunter and Jordan Zilbar:

"Academically or athletically, I wouldn't send my sons anywhere but Armwood. (Head) coach (Sean) Callahan and (defensive coordinator Matt) Thompson have done such a great job preparing my oldest son for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville football team and for life as a young man. And Armwood's advanced placement classes had him ready for college-level courses that he's excelling at now.

"I think the school system in Hillsborough County does a great job in letting the parents choose to where they want their children to attend school but it's the responsibility of the parents to go through the right process and enroll them properly.

Veteran Hillsborough High head football coach Earl Garcia, who once coached with Armwood's Sean Callahan at Boca Ciega High. He is friendly enough with Callahan to make light of the Hawks being stripped of 26 victories, four of which came against his Terriers:

"Armwood beat us four times in those two years and the last time, they destroyed us. They beat us so badly, they wore out two of my punters. Not one but two punters. Now that we're 4-0 against them (because of the FHSAA ruling), I think I should be named Coach of the Year."

Peter Hobson, Tampa-based attorney for parents of four of the five Armwood players accused of falsifying residency information to gain entry to the school:

"We are disappointed the principal of the school and the school board didn't make a careful review of the report that was sent (to the FHSAA). There was more information that needed to be considered. "

Leon McQuay Jr., father of Armwood rising senior safety Leon McQuay III, one of the nation's top recruits at his position:

"My son has become the player he is at Armwood. He's become a leader and has opened up in his time there. I don't like what the state has done to the program, but what can I do? We just have to move on and focus on the coming season."

Florida High School Associate Athletic Director Denarvise Thornton, who played a key role in determining the specific violations and final ruling of the case against Armwood:

"The question you may ask is do we (the FHSAA) expect every school to police themselves? The answer to that question would be yes. Being in tune with the growing interest in high school sports, the monitoring (of the rules) on the local level will have to increase, too."

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