The Falcons rout St. Petersburg 44-12 and Armwood holds off Chamberlain 28-17 in the state's first indoor games.
By JAMAL THALJI
Published August 29, 2004
ST. PETERSBURG - Theo Wilson was already fast.
But put the quarterback on the surface of Tropicana Field, and watch out. Wilson led a dominant Dunedin effort in a 44-12 win over St. Petersburg in the first indoor high school football game played in Florida.
It was just one of three Saturday preseason matchups in the Battle of the Bay Kickoff Classic. Defending Class 4A state champion Armwood defeated Chamberlain 28-17, and Hillsborough faced Bradenton Manatee in the late game. St. Petersburg did a good job of bottling up Dunedin's option attack until the second quarter. Wilson's 50-yard run put the Falcons up 14-6 and sparked a run of 30 unanswered points, 23 of which were scored during the last five minutes of the half.
Armwood picked up right where it left off in Gainesville last year as Jameel Williams opened the scoring with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Kareem Royal. After converting fourth and 6, he lofted a touchdown for 3 yards to Aaron Davis to make it 13-0. Chamberlain quarterback Jet Steele fired an 18-yard scoring strike to Chad Wiley, who dragged his feet inbounds in the left end zone to give the Chiefs their first score. Other highlights included Williams delivering a 47-yard touchdown pass to Royal in the third quarter and Steele answering with a 40-yard scoring pass to Reid Macko.