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SEFFNER - In Armwood's rout of Auburndale, the Hawks (6-1) dominated in every statistical category, most notably first downs (21 to 1), rushing (251 to minus-44) and total yards (397 to minus-39). The result was a convincing district victory that moves the Hawks one step closer to once again reaching the playoffs.
"We played well," Armwood defensive end Sergio Joyner said. "But there's always room for improvement."
Quarterback Justin Hickman paced Armwood's offense with 146 passing yards and another 74 on the ground, scoring three times. Fullback Marquise Branton led the Hawks' rushing attack with 120 yards on 22 carries.
Armwood's defense was the real story, however.
Auburndale (1-6) didn't have a first down in the game's final 45 minutes. Its lone touchdown came on a 51-yard fumble return by Kier Booker in the third quarter.
- KEITH NIEBUHR, Times correspondent
ROBINSON 10, PALMETTO 3
TAMPA - Robinson and Palmetto exchanged blow after blow in an old-fashioned defensive battle marred with key turnovers.
The teams combined for seven turnovers, and neither team managed to get in the end zone on offense.
Robinson (4-3) scored the game's lone touchdown in the first quarter when linebacker Ben Campbell picked off Tigers quarterback Bryan Smith and returned it 7 yards for the score.
It was the first of three interceptions for the Knights' defense in the game.
Palmetto (4-4) moved the ball in spurts but couldn't sustain any drives due to the turnovers. At the end of the game, Palmetto collected the most total yards of offense with 309, compared to Robinson's 230 yards.
With the Tigers driving with four minutes to go, Smith bobbled the snap and fumbled, and the Knights recovered. Robinson was able to run out the clock for the win.
- JUSTIN DARGAHI, Times correspondent
Sarasota Booker 23, Jesuit 20 (OT)
SARASOTA - Jesuit got a solid effort from its entire team and recovered five fumbles, but couldn't put away Sarasota Booker as the Tigers fell in overtime.
Booker (5-1, 2-0) forced overtime with a 10-play, 73-yard drive late in the fourth.
After holding Jesuit (4-4, 0-2) to a field goal, Booker's Teron Williams bulled his 6-foot-3, 221-pound frame into the end zone from 2 yards out for the win.
The score was tied at 10 at the half. Jesuit recovered two fumbles, including one senior linebacker Kevin Valenti returned 6 yards for a touchdown.
A 77-yard Booker drive stalled on the 3-yard line on an incomplete pass in the end zone. Then a fumbled option pitch inside its own 10-yard line was recovered by Jesuit, which led to T.J. Paradore's 9-yard scoring toss to Erick McGriff that gave the Tigers a 17-10 lead.
But Williams (94 rushing yards, 2 TDs) capped a 73-yard drive with a 15-yard scoring run for the tying score with 2:42 left in the game.
- SCOTT ROSCOVIUS, Times correspondent
TAMPA CATHOLIC 37, MULBERRY 0
TAMPA - The Tampa Catholic defense allowed Mulberry to rack up almost 300 yards of offense but stood its ground when it needed to, leading to a shutout win over the Panthers.
The Crusaders stopped Mulberry on two fourth-down attempts inside their own 20, blocked a punt to set up a score and allowed only 43 passing yards.
Offensively, it was the usual combination of quarterback Dickie de Lama and running back Drew Zink leading the way. De Lama completed 10 of 16 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns. Zink rushed 11 times for 74 yards and two scores.
"I thought we played our most complete game all year," said Tampa Catholic head coach Bob Henriquez.
"They tried to limit our chances, but we were clicking on offense and played solid defense (Friday)."
- DAN GENOVESE, Times correspondent
Cambridge 17, Calvary Chr. 12
TAMPA - Cambridge (3-4) outgained Calvary Christian (4-3) 291-55 yards on the ground. Tim Stewart led the Lancers with 93 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns.
After freshman quarterback Ryan Horan failed to get the offense going, the Lancers put in junior Mike Miller to run the offense. Miller ran for 83 yards on 16 carries, including five carries for first downs.
The Warriors were led by senior running back Jamie Center, who had 108 yards on 12 carries for two touchdowns. Center's first touchdown went for 66 yards right up the middle.
"Mike Miller is a true leader for our team on the football field," Cambridge coach Rick Shears said.
"He came in and really helped lead us to a win."
- ADRIEN DE MARTINI, Times correspondent
Cardinal mooney 34, Berkeley Prep 20
TAMPA - Berkeley Prep (0-6) gave Sarasota Cardinal Mooney (6-0), which is ranked No. 3 in the state, all it could handle but came up short.
Berkeley Prep scored its first touchdown when Colin Boss intercepted a screen pass and ran it in from 10 yards out.
"Our defensive line played very well," Berkeley coach Frank Sullivan said. "It was a total team effort, but we just couldn't get it done."
- ADRIEN De MARTINI, Times correspondent
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