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Football preview: Armwood


Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Gibson a gifted playmaker for Hawks

Opposing quarterbacks and streaking receivers will surely keep an eye on senior Kyle Gibson this season.

A four-star recruit who committed to Vanderbilt during the summer, Gibson is one of the highest-rated recruits in the state.

“He’s intelligent,” Armwood coach Sean Callahan said. “He’s a big hitter. When you need a big play, he finds a way to make a play. He’s a difference maker.”

Last season, Gibson finished with 53 tackles and two interceptions. This past summer, Gibson participated in “The Opening,” a national 7-on-7 and skills showcase in Oregon that featured the top players in the country.

“I’m not scared to put my head in there,” Gibson said. “I’m always eager to learn.”

SUPPLY

Defensive end

As a linebacker last season, Bryon Cowart posted 43 tackles, 11 of which were for losses. He also recorded four sacks and an interception. Now a junior and 15 pounds heavier, Cowart, standing 6-foot-4, has moved to defensive end. Cowart already has offers from schools like Alabama, Florida, Florida State, South Florida, Vanderbilt and Central Florida.

Quarterback

As a sophomore, Noah Johnson was a backup to senior Darryl Richardson, now a tight end at San Diego State, but Callahan is expecting a breakout season. Johnson accumulated 115 all-purpose yards on offense and collected on interception last season.

“He’s a dual threat,” Callahan said. “He can throw and run and he’s intelligent. He’ll make defenses account for him.”

Running backs

Greg Newton, a senior, and Caylan Holloway, a junior, will share the load in the backfield. Both stand 5-foot-8 and possess speed and power.

Newton did not play last season while Holloway led the Hawks in rushing with 474 yards and four touchdowns.

“People get (Newton) confused,” senior safety Kyle Gibson said. “People think he’s a finesse back but he’ll run people over. Caylan, he’s fast and he can run you over.”

DEMAND

Offensive line

Callahan said depth on the offensive line is not where he’d like it to be. Aside from Greg Barth, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound lineman, Callahan said “we got bodies, but on the offensive line, we have maybe six legit varsity guys.”

Replacements

Armwood started the season minus three important players, all who may miss significant time. Kaylaun Edwards, Shedaul Price and Markise Firlow all tore their ACLs during the summer. All three injuries did not involve contact.

Edwards, a junior, was competing for a starting position at cornerback and Price was a returning a senior receiver. Firlow, according to Callahan, would have been the fastest player on the team.

Schedule

Aug. 30: at Durant

Sept. 6: Blake

Sept. 12: at Hillsborough

Sept. 20: Robinson

Sept. 27: at Jefferson

Oct. 11: Leto

Oct. 18: at Lennard

Oct. 25: King

Nov. 1: at Chamberlain

Nov. 8: Strawberry Crest

Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

1 Greg Newton RB 5-6 165 Sr.

2 Talvin Bailey WR 5-10 160 Sr.

3 Markis Firlow WR/RB 5-7 153 Jr.

4 Kyle Gibson S 6-0 170 Sr.

6 Quinton Singletary LB 5-11 202 Jr.

7 Austin Gallon WR 6-2 182 Sr.

8 Aaron Covington DB 5-9 176 Jr.

9 Byran Thomas LB 5-11 178 Jr.

10 Sterling Hoffrichter K 5-8 161 Jr.

12 Noah Johnson QB 5-11 175 Jr.

13 Darrian McNeal ATH/QB 5-8 150 Fr.

14 Nehemiah Migel DB 5-10 168 Jr.

15 Tyler Scott QB 5-8 160 So.

18 Curtis Woodard LB 5-11 175 Jr.

19 Willie Richardson RB 6-0 211 Jr.

20 Antonio Jackson DB 5-5 141 Sr.

21 Phillip Smith DB 5-9 168 Sr.

22 Alfonso Thronton RB 5-6 170 Jr.

24 David Jenkins DB 5-6 163 Jr.

26 Trevor Laurent WR/RB 5-7 151 So.

28 Dederallo Blue DB 5-9 167 So.

29 Caylan Holloway RB 5-8 175 Jr.

32 Eric Frazier LB 5-11 210 So.

34 Craig Carrington RB 5-11 227 Sr.

35 Justin Manning LB 5-11 214 So.

36 Lonnie Baldwin RB 5-8 234 So.

40 Jordan Griffin LB 6-0 205 Jr.

44 Chase Blackmon RB/LB 5-6 178 So.

47 Marcus McCants LB 5-11 162 Jr.

50 Willie Edom OL 5-10 263 Jr.

54 Bryce Blackmon RB/LB 5-6 177 So.

55 Dylan Singletary OL 5-9 206 So.

66 Kevin Richardson OL 6-2 314 So.

68 Dan Anderson OL 5-11 300 So.

71 Deandreo Hudson OL 6-1 265 Sr.

72 Evan Montriel OL 6-1 250 So.

74 Austin Vest OL 6-5 333 Fr.

77 Thomas Bartley OL 6-2 275 Sr.

80 Shedaul Price WR 5-11 170 Sr.

81 Hunter Zilbar WR 5-9 153 Sr.

82 William Mason TE 6-0 185 Sr.

84 Kordell Pimenta WR 5-8 150 So.

90 Devonte Myles DL 6-0 206 Jr.

96 Jeremy Ware DL 6-2 183 Jr.

97 Tragedy Cannon DL 5-11 260 Sr.

98 Hyriam Frederick DL 6-0 245 Sr.

99 Byron Cowart DL 6-3 247 Jr.

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