Shelldon Lewinson playing for state title

While the offense at Armwood High School gets many of the headlines averaging 39.4 points-per-game, the defense only allowed a shade less than 10 points-per-game. A big part of the defense's success has come from Shelldon Lewinson, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound nose guard who has been committed to Wake Forest since July.

"I feel like I've played well this season," said Shelldon Lewinson, "but it's my teammates who made me better. We play a three-four defense. Allen Covington, Lonzel Davis and myself are up front.

"Our job is to stop the run and pressure the quarterback which allows the linebackers and defensive backs to do their work. There's a lot of trust with the team."

Still, Lewinson has performed admirably during the season and post-season individually. On the year he has 83 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and seven sacks.

"As a senior, I think I've improved on my get off," said Lewinson. "It's allowed me to shake off my blockers easier. The other thing that's gotten better is my speed. I've been able to put more pressure on the quarterback to get him to rush his throws and make mistakes."

Lewinson has already taken his official to Wake Forest the weekend of September 10th when the Deacons played North Carolina State. He wasn't able to make it back up for another game, but kept a close eye on the season.

"I think I watched every game on TV," Lewinson said. "I liked how they performed both defensively and offensively. They made it to the Music City Bowl. In the games they won, they played a complete game. If they work to together they can do anything."

Lewinson played JV as a sophomore on what was essentially his first year of football. He became a starter as a junior at one of the best high school programs in the state of Florida.

Lewinson chose Wake Forest in July with other offers coming from Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, North Texas, and Temple.

"They're good people," Lewinson said of the Wake forest staff. "Coach (Steve) Russ and Coach (Ray) McCartney have come to a lot of my playoff games.

"When I went up for my first visit I saw that I fit in well there. The coaches and many of the players had personalities similar to mine. Plus, I liked the defense they run and think it suits my game."

The Armwood Hawks, out of the Tampa area, will play Miami Central on December 16th for the Florida 6A state championship. The game is held in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl.

"They're a serious team," Lewinson said of his state final opponent. "We need to be ready to put forth a big effort to be successful in the game. If we work as a team, I think we'll do fine. It's going to be interesting."

Lewinson plans on competing in shot put and discus after the football season and may also do some running events. He opted, with his team, not to participate in any All-Star games in the post-season. Lewinson will wear No. 98 one last time for Armwood this Friday. He graduates next May.

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