The Game: Armwood jumped out to a quick 16-0 lead thanks to a pair of interception returns for touchdowns but Central answered by cutting it to 16-14 at the half. It was a back and forth game in the second half, with Armwood pulling out a 40-31 win. Armwood lost the 4A state title game last season to Lincoln, while Central defeated Dr. Phillips in last season's 6A title game.
Best Player: The talk of this game going in was the headliners each school had at the running back position -- Central sophomore Joseph Yearby and Armwood senior Matt Jones. It was a backup, though, who stole the show. Central sophomore Dalvin Cook only needed six carries to gain 84 yards and a touchdown on the ground. And he only needed three kickoff returns to total 199 yards and one touchdown. With almost 200 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns on nine total touches, Cook didn't get near the touches of Yearby and Jones but he was the biggest difference maker in this game, and the best player on the field.
While Jones was Armwood's top offensive threat, their best player on this day was outside linebacker Eric Striker. The Oklahoma commitment was all over the field. He put pressure on the quarterback, he made plays in coverage, and looked excellent all afternoon.
Top Prospect: Cook. He doesn't even start and get near the touches of Yearby but he looks like a better prospect. At 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, he's a couple inches taller, just as big, and more explosive than his talented teammate. He looks like a kid who will one day become a nationally recruited running back. He runs with good vision, good balance, good speed, and he can make a lot of things happen as a return man, too. He looked like the fastest player on a field full of quality athletes.
Top Underclass Prospect: Yearby. At 5-foot-8 and 185 pounds, he's an excellent running back prospect who had an outstanding sophomore season for the Rockets. Expect him to be recruited nationally in a couple years.
Other BCS prospects (not yet mentioned): Armwood Jr QB Darryl Richardson; Armwood Jr TE Kyron Miles; Armwood Sr OL Cody Waldrop (South Carolina); Armwood Sr OL Kevin McCoy; Armwood DT Shelldon Lewinson (Wake Forest); Armwood Sr Jarvis McCall (USF); Armwood Jr S Leon McQuay; Central Fr WR Devontae Phillips; Central Sr WR Darreal Joyner (West Virginia); Central Soph OT Trevor Darling; Central Sr DT Jordan Hinojosa (Minnesota); Central Sr OLB Errol Clark (Cincinnati); Central Sr CB Donaldven Manning (Virginia Tech)