By Tamas Mondovics
Assisted by Fox 13 News “Good Day Tampa Bay” reporter Charley Belcher, Bloomingdale began the day with an early morning pep rally for its homecoming game against Armwood.
That evening, Bulls fans easily filled Charley Harris stadium in support of their team, which enjoyed a great winning season last year, but were now facing the Hawks in a wake of a 10-7 and a 20-14 loss to Newsome and Gaither respectively.
For any local team, playing Armwood may be a bit intimidating, but there is always a chance to show some talent, and anything can happen.
Ahead of the game, Bloomingdale program Head Coach Brian Surcy, pushed his team’s “one game at a time” focus, hoping for such a positive outcome.
Unfortunately, the “goods” seemed to have escaped Surcy’s pumped up team right from the start as Armwwod hit them with a 48-7 win.
Hawks sophomore running back Brian Snead, who had three touchdowns in the first half, set the tone for the game with a 75-yd. run in the game’s first minute.
To top it off, Snead reached the end zone twice in the second quarter, to extend the Hawks lead to 18-0 at halftime.
Adding to the disappointment, Bloomingdale senior Isaiah Hills was ejected from the game in the second quarter.
To regain a measure of dignity before game’s end, Bulls senior wide receiver Patrick Wiedrich did manage to show some talent by scoring on a 14-yd. pass from Isaiah McIntyre in the fourth quarter and to give the team and the fans something to take home.
Armwood (2-0), however, kept piling on a 1-yd. run by quarterback Darrian McNeal and a 12-yd. fumble return by linebacker C.J. Jones late in the third.
Even Hawk’s backup quarterback Warren Thompson managed to go home with a 34-yd. touchdown run and sealed the game for Armwood with a 17-yd. pass to Bailey Keel.
While Armwood showed its expected strength, the legendary program, led by Head Coach Sean Callahan, was not without flaws including missing the extra points, something that a team with state appearance aspirations can hardly afford.
As for the Bulls, the season is not over yet. The games that really count against Tampa Bay Tech, Durant, Plant City, East Bay, Lennard, and Strawberry Crest (in that order) are yet to come.
“Everybody wants a Cinderella season, but we are building a program,” Surcy said. As far as the conference is concerned he added, “It’s a competitive district, but we are in it.”
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