Yeah, I like to make things difficult for myself. lol
I think I've figured it out, but I'll have to wait until I get home to try it out. It looks like I need to edit keyguard_screen_tab_unlock.xml in the layout folder of my framework-res.apk and remove the line:
"<TextView android:textSize="18.0dip" android:textColor="#ccffffff" android:id="@id/status1" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginTop="5.0dip" android:drawablePadding="8.0dip" />".
Apparently, status1 is the battery icon and percentage while status2 is the alarm icon and info.
I'll try it out and report back.