For the Armwood High School Hawks, victory on the football field was within sight but too far to grab Friday night at the Lyle Flagg Field in Seffner.
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Coming off a 55-0 victory over the Brandon Eagles the week before, the Hawks lost to the American Heritage Stallions, 36-28, in the Sept. 7 contest.
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"I think we learned a lot tonight, at times you played like a great team," head coach Sean Callahan told his players in a post-game huddle on the field.
There were "plenty of chances to win this football game," he said, noting that with the loss came some good lessons learned for the rest of the season.
"This was good, you hear me?" he said. "Get your eyes on me, this was good. It was good playing these guys this time of the year. It really was. Very good. Perfect. Perfect."
The aim now, he said, is to "get bigger" and to "get stronger."
"You guys have shown improvement and I expect to see that again next week," Callahan said.
The next game for the Hawks is Sept. 14 at Tampa Bay Tech. Game time is 7:30 p.m.