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Friday night replay

Every week of the season the Times has broken down the previous Friday's games and provided a statistical outlook. This week - because Armwood is playing in Thursday's Class 4A state championship against Lake Gibson at Florida Field - the analysis is all things Armwood and Lake Gibson.

By Times staff writers
Published December 10, 2003

Armwood's run defense has given up a total of 11 yards rushing in its last two playoff games, an average of 5.5 yards. The Hawks' rushing defense in the regular season gave up an average of 52 yards per game and only 1.91 yards a carry.

Because teams have found it so hard to run on Armwood, opponents have thrown more. Four of the six touchdowns scored against the Hawks in postseason play have been through the air.

Lake Gibson went 8-2 in the regular season, but started just 3-2. The five straight wins to end the regular season came against teams that had a combined record of 23-25.

Teams have thrown for 136 yards a game against Armwood in the playoffs as compared to 99 yards per game during the regular season.

In its 44-35 playoff win against Land O'Lakes, Lake Gibson's secondary gave up 328 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Armwood has rushed for 275 yards a game in the playoffs, down from 394 during the regular season.

The Hawks have averaged 42 yards passing in the postseason, which matches exactly their regular-season average.

Lake Gibson scored 304 and gave up 142 during the regular season. Armwood scored 514 and gave up 70 in going undefeated in 2003.

Armwood has rushed for 15 touchdowns and passed for two in the playoffs. During the regular season, the Hawks had 50 touchdowns rushing and 11 passing.

During the regular season, Armwood had eight touchdowns from returns or fumble recoveries. In four playoff games, the Hawks have four touchdowns off returns or recoveries: on a punt, an interception, a fumble and a fumble recovery in the end zone.

Lake Gibson's 26.5-point average margin of victory in the playoffs is ahead of Armwood's average of victory of 23 points a game. Armwood's average margin of victory in the regular season was 44 points.

Armwood's 11 penalties last Friday gives them 43 flags in four playoff games for a total of 365 yards, an average of 91 yards per game. Armwood averaged 82 penalty yards a game during the regular season, three yards less than county leaders Tampa Bay Tech and Hillsborough.

Lake Gibson proved in last weeks' state semifinal against Lake City Columbia that it could come back under the toughest situations. After trailing 14-0, Lake Gibson went on to to win 33-14. According to a Times survey of 314 area prep football games in the 2002 season, 96 percent of the time a high school team gets the first two scores of a game, it wins.

During the 10-game regular season, Armwood fumbled just 25 times, losing 14 of them. In four playoff games they have fumbled 12 times and lost seven.

The teams Armwood has beaten during the playoffs had a combined 2003 record of 36-9. Lake Gibson's opponents were 33-13.

- Compiled by Times staff writer Scott Purks and Jim Reese.

[Last modified December 10, 2003, 01:34:25]


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