The Armwood Hawks, following last week's shutout win against the Tampa Bay Tech Titans (30-0), take to the field tonight in Tampa against the Leto High School Falcons. (Meanwhile, the Brandon Eagles face the Durant Cougars at home.)
Armwood faces the Falcons (0-0 in league play; 0-2 overall), ranked nationally and in the state at 12,308 and 503, respectively, according to MaxPreps.com.
The Falcons lost to Gaither (0-69) on Sept. 7 and to Riverview (6-21) on Sept. 14.
Meanwhile, the Hawks (2-1 overall; 0-0 in league play) are ranked 51 in the nation and 7 in the state, according to MaxPreps.com. The Hawks this season beat Brandon and Tampa Bay Tech and lost to the American Heritage (Plantation) Stallions.
The Sept. 21 contest at 4409 West Sligh Ave. kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
Going into tonight's game, the Hawks in 2012 have amassed 148 points, including 28 in its Sept. 7 loss to the Stallions (28-36). The Hawks shut out the 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.
That game was held to two quarters because rain-soaked fields caused two games to be played at the Lyle Flagg Field in one night. In the first game that night, Tampa Bay Tech defeated Jefferson (27-7).
Armwood is the Greater Brandon area's perennial powerhouse — but not immune to following the rules. 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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ARMWOOD HAWKS 2012 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE / SCORESDate 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 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 Jefferson Armwood 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 Sickles Armwood 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 Strawberry Crest S. Crest 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 Hillsborough Hillsborough 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 Plant Plant 7:30 p.m. (Armwood in two-quarter preseason play beat Gibbs (35-0).