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
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