Class 6A state fi­nal

Tampa Bay Times - - Sports -

Arm­wood (13-1) vs. Mi­ami North­west­ern (9-5), 3 to­day, Camp­ing World Sta­dium, Or­lando

Jerome Ford and the size of War­ren Thomp­son. How of­ten are you go­ing to find that?”

And the big­ger the game, the bet­ter Hall per­forms.

He had two catches, both for long touch­downs, in a win over pow­er­house Plant in the reg­u­lar sea­son. In the past two play­off games, Hall has a com­bined 13 catches for 408 yards and four touch­downs.

Hall’s pen­chant for big plays has played a cru­cial role in the Hawks (13-1) ad­vanc­ing to to­day’s Class 6A state fi­nal for a se­cond straight sea­son.

The scary thing for op­po­nents is that Hall has plenty of time to get bet­ter.

Af­ter all, he is only a sopho­more.

“I’m just scratch­ing the sur­face,” Hall said.

Grow­ing up, Hall played bas­ket­ball and track. Once he tried foot­ball, noth­ing else mat­tered.

He said he started by roam­ing around at just about ev­ery po­si­tion in youth leagues. “I played ev­ery­thing,” he said. Be­cause of the tal­ent at Arm­wood, Hall did not think he would get much play­ing time, so he en­rolled at Du­rant. Ini­tially, Hall wanted to be a run­ning back.

On the field, Hall is elec­tric. That much the Hawks knew when Hall en­rolled in the se­cond se­mes­ter last school year.

What Arm­wood also dis­cov­ered about its new­found star was he is more eclec­tic off the field.

Hall likes rep­tiles, such as lizards and snakes. He wants to get a boa con­stric­tor as a pet, but he has yet to find the courage to ask his mother.

Hall also prefers rock over any other mu­sic genre. His fa­vorite song is In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins. He wants to learn how to play it on his gui­tar, as well as Pur­ple Rain by Prince.

“I’ll learn how to play those songs soon,” Hall said. “I just haven’t had much time be­cause I’ve been so busy with foot­ball.”

All that prepa­ra­tion has led to to­day, when Hall and his team­mates face Mi­ami North­west­ern (9-5) at Or­lando’s Camp­ing World Sta­dium, a re­match of last year’s ti­tle game.

Will Hall’s youth be help­ful or detri­men­tal for the Hawks on high school foot­ball’s big­gest stage?

“There re­ally are not any nerves,” Hall said. “It’s just an­other game to me. There will be a lot more fans. It’ll be a lit­tle bit more loud. And a lot more ex­pec­ta­tions.

“I’m just try­ing to live up to those ex­pec­ta­tions.”

BRONTE WITTPENN | Times

Agiye Hall has a com­bined 13 catches for 408 yards and four TDs in past two play­off games.

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