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6A FINAL Armwood 40, Miami Central 31

ORLANDO - The Armwood Hawks made a strong statement to be the best team in the nation when they beat previously unbeaten Miami Central to take home the 6A state championship game with a 40-31 victory at the Citrus Bowl.

Armwood got on the board first when senior defensive back Jarvis McCall jumped in front of an Austin Stock pass and returned it 44 yards for the score and a 7-0 lead at the 10:47 mark of the first quarter.

The Hawks moved the lead to 10-0 when Nick Feely connected from 23 yards out with 5:23 left in the first quarter.

When Stock threw his second interception of the game with 4:23 left and Leon McQuay took it back 38 yards, the Hawks led 16-0 in the opening quarter.

The Rockets finally got on the board when sophomore running back Dalvin Cook jetted 63 yards for a score at the 7:32 mark of the second quarter, cutting the lead to 16-7.

Central cut the lead to 16-14 right before the half on a 7-yard run by Joseph Yearby.

The Hawks extended the lead in the third quarter after another turnover to 23-14 on a pass play from Alvin Bailey to Wade Edwards, but the Rockets came back and cut the lead to 23-21 when Cook raced 99 yards with a kickoff.

Bailey gave the Hawks a 30-21 lead when he took it in from 13 yards out.

Emilio Needelman cut the Hawks lead to 30-24 with 8:24 in the fourth quarter on a 36-yard field goal.

The Hawks showed why they are one of the best in the country when Matt Jones took a pass from Alvin Bailey 80 yards for a 37-24 lead with 7:52 left.

The Rockets cut the lead back to 37-31 with 5:01 left in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard run by Yearby.

Nick Feely ended the sxcorting with :33 left in the game on a 41-yard field goal.

Armwood 16 - 0 - 14 - 10 - 40
Central 0 - 14 - 7 - 9 - 31
A - Jarvis McCall 44 yard interception return (Nick Feely kick), 7-0.
A - Nick Feely 23 field goal, 10-0.
A - Leon McQuay 38 yard interception return (kick failed), 16-0.
C - Dalvin Cook 63 run (Emilio Nadelman kick), 16-7
C - Joseph Yearby 7 run (Emilio Nadelman kick), 16-14
A - Wade Edwards 28 pass from Akvin Bailey (Nick Feely kick), 23-14
C - Dalvin Cook 99 kickoff return (Emilio Nadelman kick), 23-21
A - Alvin Bailey 13 pass (Nick Feely kick), 30-21
C - Emilio Needelman 36 field goal, 30-24
A - Matt Jones 80 pass from Alvin Bailey (Feely kick), 37-24
C - Joseph Yearby 6 run (Emilio Nadelman kick), 37-31
A - Nick Feely 41 field goal, 40-31

A - 5,706


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FLA HS Football Fanatic

No hate here, but LOL. Central finally meets another team that recruits as heavily as they do and what happens... a loss. Note to any FLA high school football "realist"-- if you play the competition you are supposed to throughout an entire year, then you will be better prepared when you meet a team that prepares the same way that you do. Get out of the "mid-majors" Class 6A Central & move on up to Class 7A where you are supposed to be, then you won't have a "walk" to through regionals & the state finals, & your players & coaches will be ready. Oh, and take Northwestern with you. I know y'all both like the "warm diaper" of Class 6A since you were both there last year before reclassification, but it's time your programs grew up & got better prepared for what your boosters think you are.

FLA HS Football Fanatic

And please do not misunderstand my prior post. Central's player's are by far some of the best high school players in this state. But when the reality of high school recruiting of players is allowed to persist throughout the state, at some point you must play other teams who do like you do. If your players & coaches are not properly prepared through a rigorous schedule throughout the whole season, then you will get bopped in the head in the finals. And this especially goes for coaching (a.k.a. strategy, exploiting mismatches, in game adjustments to strategy, etc.). The massive reclassification this year was meant to even the level of competition and make the game more than just throwing together a bunch of great athletes & letting them out "athlete" the other team. Too many schools & coaches have done this for too long. PARITY. If you really love this game, then you'll understand why it's a good thing.


Booster, since when high schools had boosters? Are you crying illegal activities at the high school level?

Central is a good school, but it seems as if they became elite overnight. Why Jackson cannot become an elite school?


congrats to the rockets, thats the best team in the nation they just lost to, keep your heads up, the season was not a failure.


Armwood might be the best team in the country. Stock had a bad game. But to be fair, Central never faced a secondary that good. You can't turn the ball over against a team like Armwood. They will make you pay.


7a- cmon, some of the best ball and best teamns in the state/country were in 6a- northwestern, central, armwood, belen prep,etc. 7a doesn't have that kind of depth, and its St. Thomas (5a-7a), that has evaded the big boys in south florida over the years. Ask 8A Miami Columbus how they feel about those 6a teams. Throw the class rankings out in Dade County, they play some of the best ball in the state and the country. (i.e. Duke Johnson, 5a State Champs - Miami Norland)


Always got be asomebody talkin smack hell central. Have played the toughest scdehule in dade county. And no central havnt just became good overnite they have fallen short several times and they have always been in the hunt and to the recruiting just like players use to leave central back in days they r now returning long overdue and its far from either

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