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Football two-a-days: Armwood, Plant

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 03:15 PM

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


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