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Florida High School Football Playoffs 2011: Recruits Shine, State Title Games Set

The state finals begin!

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6A: Armwood Deafeats Miami Central 40-31

Seffner Armwood defeated Miami Central 40-31 to win the 6A state title in a wild game. In a match-up of last year's state champion (Central, although in a different class) against last year's runner up in 5A, the Hawks were simply better.

Seffner Armwood's defense got the Hawks out to an early lead as Jarvis McCall came up with a pick-six. Then Armwood added a field goal to make the score 10-0. The Leon McQuay took back yet another interception to put Armwood up 16-0 (kick failed). 

But the Rockets of Miami Central refused to quit. Dalvin Cook rushed 64 yards for a long Central score to cut the lead to 16-7.

Then Armwood's special teams had a complete meltdown. A punt snap sailed over the head of the Hawks' punter, another Armwood score was followed by a Central kickoff return for the touchdown.

In the end, however, Armwood's talent was too much.

Central was unable to pass enough to keep Armwood's defense honest, as the Hawks slowed Central's run game and picked off four passes. 

Running back Matt Jones, a Florida commitment, was held in check on the ground. But through the air, Jones was phenomenal, catching an 80-yard touchdown pass to put Armwood up by two scores. 

If not for enormous special teams gaffes, Armwood would have won easily. Both teams return a lot of underclassmen talent and will be featured heavily in recruiting updates for the 2012-13 cycle.

A host of Florida Gator coaches were in attendance, and with good reason, as many of Armwood's top players are committed to or considering the Gators. 


5A: Miami Norland Leads Crawfordville Wakulla 7-0 In First Quarter

Miami Norland is loaded with talented players and it is showing early, as the Vikings lead 7-0.

Norland is led by running back Duke Johnson. He may not be the best prospect in the state, but he is by far the best high school player in Florida. Johnson fumbled early, but Norland held and forced a Walkulla punt. Norland’s resulting drive went for 70 yards on 15 plays. Norland used Johnson as a decoy on many of the plays, gashing Wakulla as the Eagles overreacted to Duke’s motion to the slot receiver position.

Walkulla is a scrappy bunch, but Norland has a higher caliber of athlete on its roster. And Norland is the more veteran team, as well.

Also on Norland are Ereck Flowers, an offensive lineman committed to Miami, Keith Brown, a top linebacker who is undecided, and Teko Powell, a top defensive lineman.

Brown is expected to visit Louisville this weekend.


5A: Miami Commitment Duke Johnson Breaks Out For Norland

Another week, another huge performance by Norland running back Duke Johnson. There’s can be plenty of debate over which prospect will be the best at the next level, but there is no debate as to the best high school player. Miami Norland beat Palmetto 35-27, and it was all Duke Johnson. 

Johnson had 336 yards on 17 carries through three quarters, and finished with 375 yards on 27 carries, including three touchdowns.

Palmetto jumped out to a 20-0 lead before Duke sparked a 35-7 run for the Norland Vikings.

Norland will play for the state title against Wakulla, who defeated Pasco in a multiple-overtime game in the Panhandle.


8A: Miramar To Play Tampa Plant For Title In Florida's Highest Classification

The Miramar Patriots scored two huge touchdowns in the second half to break open a game that was scoreless at the half, and held on to beat the Miami Columbus Explorers, 14-6.

The Patriots will face the Plant Panthers, who got out to a 26-0 lead over Neptune Beach Fletcher, and cruising to victory.

It will be Miramar’s speed and talent against Plant’s defense and coaching for the state title.


7A: Jacksonville First Coast Beats Lakeland 24-14

The First Coast Buccaneers finally have a quarterback, and now they’ll be playing for it all for the first time. For years, the Buccaneers has elite talent at every position— but quarterback.

But tonight, behind the arm of quarterback DeAndre Johnson and the fumble return of linebacker Reggie Northrup, a Miami commitment, the Buccaneers defeated the Lakeland Dreadnoughts.

They await the winner of the Dwyer – Manatee game, which is coming down to the wire. Both Dwyer and Manatee are loaded with top prospects as well, and this should be a fantastic title game.

Update: Manatee defeated Dwyer, 19-14. Quarterbacks Cord Sandberg and Faton Bauta (Georgia commitment) put on a show, but in the end, Dwyer was heavily, heavily penalized and couldn't get out of its own way. 


7A: Palm Beach Dwyer Leads Bradenton Manatee 7-6 At The Half

It’s been a wild game in Bradenton between these two 7A powers.

Both teams feature quality offensive lines and quarterbacks destined to play in the BCS. Georgia commitment Faton Bauta has been wild and inaccurate in the first half, but the Dwyer quarterback has made up for it with his legs. Manatee junior Cord Sandberg has been precise in flipping the ball out to his speedy receivers.

Neither defense played particularly well, despite the low score. Dwyer repeatedly shot itself in the foot with holding penalties, and both offenses had careless fumbles. One of those fumbles was returned by Manatee for its only touchdown (missed extra point).

It’s tough to win in Bradenton, but Dwyer might just have the athletes to pull the upset.


6A: Seffner Armwood Leads Bartram Trail 20-10 At The Half

Tennessee commitment Nathan Peterman is arguably the best quarterback in Florida, but tonight he’s facing arguably the best defense in the state. So far, Armwood’s defense is getting the better of Bartram Trail’s quarterback, as the Hawks have intercepted Peterman three times. Bratram’s only score came on a tipped ball that should have been intercepted.

Armwood is physically dominating Bartram Trail, but 10 points is far from an insurmountable lead at this level.

Look for Armwood try to grind out the win on the legs of Florida commitment Matt Jones. Batram Trail will need to sell out against the run and dare Armwood to throw.

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