Armwood Football: Hawks Fall to Plant Panthers in Overtime

The clash of the titans came up a victory for the Plant High Panthers, who handed the Armwood Hawks their third defeat of the season, with a 20-19 win in overtime.


The Armwood Hawks lost in overtime Oct. 26 to their perennial rivals, the Plant High Panthers, in a 1-point game (19-20) that puts the Hawks at 6-3 for the season and the Panthers at 7-1. In league play, the Panthers are 2-1; the Hawks, 4-1.

Armwood last year beat the Panthers, 21-0, before Plant went on to win the Class 8A state title. The Hawks won the state Class 6A championship game, but in June that title was stripped after a Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) ruling concerning ineligible players.

The Panthers this season also beat Jesuit (18-0), Jefferson (52-20), Tampa Bay Tech (21-14), Wharton (27-7), Brandon (55-0) and Alonso (22-12). Plant's only loss (3-33) was to Curtis (River Ridge, La.) in the Superdome.

The Hawks this season beat Brandon, Tampa Bay Tech, Leto, Jefferson, Sickles and Strawberry Crest. Armwood's other losses were to Hillsborough and the American Heritage (Plantation) Stallions (see chart below).

The Leto win for Sean Callahan marked his 200th victory as head coach of the Armwood High School football team. As noted in a Tampa Bay Times report, the "milestone victory comes on technical terms rather than official." The Florida High School Athletic Association in June held the program accountable for using ineligible players and then stripped the team of its 2011 Class 6A state championship. The Hawks' 2010 state runner-up status was negated as well.

According to a Forbes sports & leisure report, the school had to "send back the trophies associated with those appearances" and the FHSAA "also fine the school $12,743, and made it forfeit 26 wins."

The Hillsborough County School Board on Sept. 11 officially adopted a new policy affecting student-athletes who transfer to new schools. (See, Armwood Sanctions Lead to New Hillsborough Student-Athlete Policy.)


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Date Opponent Field Score / Time Sept. 1 Brandon Armwood Win (55-0) Sept. 7 American Heritage Armwood Loss (36-28) Sept. 14 Tampa Bay Tech TBT Win (30-0) Sept. 21 Leto Leto Win (49-0) Sept. 28 Jefferson Armwood Win (35-21) Oct. 5 Sickles Armwood Win (20-16) Oct. 12 Strawberry Crest S. Crest Win (35-18) Oct. 18 Hillsborough Hillsborough Loss (0-3) Oct. 26 Plant Plant Loss (19-20)
Nov. 2 King Armwood 7:30 p.m. Armwood in two-quarter preseason play beat Gibbs (35-0)



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