Armwood Football: Hawks Score Late-Game Win (20-16) Over Sickles

The Armwood Hawks are undefeated in league play (3-0) and 5-0 overall following the team's 20-16 win over the Sickles Gryphons at Lyle Flagg Field in Seffner on Oct. 5.


Armwood Hawks Head Football Coach Sean Callahan told his team in a post-game huddle that "everything that could have gone wrong went wrong" in the first half of the team's 20-16 last-quarter win over Sickles, at home Oct. 5.

In an interview with Brandon Patch following that huddle, Callahan added, "There was no question we would be okay if we could settle down, and we did."

  • The attached Brandon Patch video is of the winning touchdown, scored by No. 6, quarterback Darryl Richardson.

The Hawks entered this week's Friday night, conference-game contest with a come-from-behind win the week before against Jefferson. The Dragons held a 21-7 lead going into the third quarter of play, before dropping the game 21-35.

"Tonight we settled down in the fourth-quarter, last week we settled down in the third quarter," Callahan said in his Oct. 5 interview.

To his team earlier, he said: "We can't let this happen ever again.

In a rain-delayed game, the Hawks scored their fifth win of the season and extended their undefeated conference game run to three wins. Their sole loss of the season came at the hands of the American Heritage (Plantation) Stallions (28-36).

The Hawks in 2012 have amassed 252 points, averaging out to 42 points per game. The Hawks shut out the Leto Falcons (49-0) on Sept. 21, the Tampa Bay Tech Titans (30-0) on Sept. 14 and the Brandon Eagles (55-0) on Sept. 1. The Hawks scored a two-quarter preseason victory (35-0) against Gibbs on Aug. 31.

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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  • Cheerleader Defies Gravity With 25 Spread-Eagle Jumps (Video)
  • Armwood Blasts Back Against Jefferson for Conference Win
  • Armwood Shuts Out Leto for Callahan's Milestone 200th Victory
  • Callahan in Huddle Tells Hawks To Learn From Loss to Stallions (Video)



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 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 Hillsborough Hillsborough 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 Plant Plant 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 King Armwood 7:30 p.m. Armwood in two-quarter preseason play beat Gibbs (35-0)


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