By TERRY JONES
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 24, 2002
DURANT -- Armwood introduced a young, balanced team and defeated Plant City 28-3 in the first half at Durant on Thursday night.
Quarterback Ryan Watts directed the Hawks offense with precision and gutsy play, scoring two touchdowns on 1-yard plunges and connecting with Cornelleus Mitchell for a 24-yard touchdown.
Demetrels McCray scored the Hawks' fourth touchdown on an 81-yard gallop. Franklin Deroachmont kicked all four extra points.
The Hawks defense kept Plant City off the scoreboard until the final play when Chris Glisson kicked a 25-yard field goal.
Fred Hicks, Kirk Callahan and Allen Davidson were the leaders for the Hawks defense.
Armwood coach Sean Callahan was pleased with his team's progress.
"Our offense scored early and, because of the solid play of our defense, we were able to get a lot of people into the game tonight," Callahan said. "Now, they will work on fitness for the summer."
In the second half, Durant scored midway through the second quarter and then held on to edge King 7-6.
The game was as close as the score. Durant's aggressive offense featured running backs Sean Zentmeyer and Trae Williams, plus running and throwing quarterback Jared Walker.
Williams scored on a 45-yard run up the middle and Kenneth Frissell kicked the extra point. The Cougars would not find the end zone again.
With 47 seconds to play, King quarterback Michael Brewster scored on a 6-yard run. The touchdown was set up by a 22-yard pass to Chris Brevi.
The Lions attempted a two-point conversion, but Brewster's pass fell incomplete.
"It all went by quickly, but our offense did a lot of things right," Durant coach David New said. "Our defense needs a little work, but we have time to make it better before the first game next fall."