PTP Campus Preview: Armwood at Jesuit

The Prime Time Preps Campus Tour, presented by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is a free, interactive event that includes games and prizes for all fans, including the opportunity to get Bucs swag. The tour’s latest stop is at Jesuit for Friday’s matchup against Armwood. Check out the preview below.

Armwood (3-0) at Jesuit (1-2), Friday, 7:30

Three Things To Know

Familiar faces

Both coaches know each other well. After all, both are Armwood graduates. Jesuit’s Matt Thompson spent 19 seasons as an assistant with the Hawks, including a decade as his alma mater’s defensive coordinator before being hired by the Tigers in 2012. He was on staff when Armwood won three state titles (one of which was forfeited) and played in two other championship games. Armwood’s Evan Davis was a quarterback on the Hawks’ first championship team and has spent his entire coaching career at his alma mater. In 2017, Davis was promoted from  offensive coordinator. 

Roles reversed

Jesuit won a state title in 2021 and reached the Class 3M state semifinals last season. But this year, the Tigers are in an unfamiliar role as an underdog. They have a losing record, though the losses are to Treasure Coast and Miami Columbus, both of which are a combined 8-0. Armwood, which went a combined 10-10 and failed to make the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, is undefeated. The Hawks gained a ton of confidence after knocking defending 4S state finalist Venice on the road in the season opener. 

Sophomore signal callers

Armwood and Jesuit have sophomore quarterbacks who are in their first full season as a starter with their respective programs. The Hawks’ Rhys Brush, a baseball standout, has thrown for 393 yards and seven touchdowns in three games. Better still, he has just one interception. The Tigers’ Will Griffin made his first start as a freshman in last year’s matchup against Armwood. This season, Griffin has thrown for 776 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. 

Stat leaders (via MaxPreps)
Passing yardsRhys Brush, 393Will Griffin, 776
Rushing yardsGirard Pringle, 559Justin Thurman, 81
Receiving yardsMekhi Anderson, 219Willy Suarez, 306
TacklesOlontae Dean, 27Cyrus Aboud, 15
SacksTwo tied with three. Three tied with one.
InterceptionsTwo tied with one. None