Prep football game capsules

September 30, 2011 

Southeast (4-0) at Manatee (1-2)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

On the air: 930-AM WLSS, 6:30 p.m.

On TV: Bright House Sports Network, Channel 47

Online: wlssradio.com; ihigh.com; floridacast.com.

The scoop: This is the 30th game of the series, which Manatee leads 15-14. ... The Seminoles are riding a 10-game regular-season winning streak. ... Noles Safety Earvin Bradshaw (groin) is a game-time decision, and his absence may force receiver Bobby Haines to move to the defensive backfield. ... QB Myles Braxton-Johnson has been solid, throwing for 784 yards and four touchdowns and no interceptions. ... RB Courtney Allen is second in the area in rushing (490 yards) and first in scoring (63). ... The Canes are coming off a much-needed bye after a rough three-game stretch where they played two nationally-ranked opponents. ... Anthony Lauro leads the area in receptions (22). ... Manatee has 10 sacks this season, with Derrick Calloway and Blake Keller leading the way with three each. ... The Canes are looking to win their fifth straight game of the series, which would tie their longest winning streak in the series.

The score: Manatee 17, Southeast 10.

Lakewood Ranch (2-2) at Palmetto (4-0)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

The scoop: The Mustangs recorded a shutout last week over Gulfport Boca Ciega in their Class 6A-District 7 opener. ... .McKenzie Hathaway has been a workhorse for Lakewood Ranch, taking the ball 88 times this season and is averaging 4.3 yards per attempt. ... The Mustangs’ size up front will be key in stopping a Palmetto defense that has allowed three points over the last two games. ... QB Trent Miller has thrown for 10 TDs with Palmetto, including five last week against Arcadia DeSoto. ... RB Josh Hicks leads the area in rushing (509 yards), while Shaq Harris and Cory Crawford have teamed for 24 catches and seven touchdowns.

The score: Palmetto 28, Lakewood Ranch 14.

Braden River (0-4) at Port Charlotte (0-4)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

The scoop: Braden River is finally back to almost full health with the return of quarterback Steven Ross and defensive end Dylan Lee, the team’s sack leader last year. ... Ross adds life to an offense that has scored only 16 points in the last three games and has been struggling with turnovers. It couldn’t come at a better time. ... This is Braden River’s best chance for a victory and could give the Pirates a boost of confidence next week when they open district play at Manatee. ... Port Charlotte has struggled mightily. These Pirates have scored only one touchdown in their last three games and were outscored 83-9. For the season, they have been outscored 132-23.

The score: Braden River 21, Port Charlotte 7.

Fort Myers Cypress Lake (1-3) at Bayshore (2-2)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

The scoop: This is a Class 5A matchup, but not a district game. Cypress Lake is reeling after defeating Island Coast a couple weeks ago. Following that upset victory, the Panthers got blasted by South Fort Myers and followed that up with a district loss to Cape Coral, 35-28. ... Against South Fort Myers, the Panthers didn’t pass one time. ... Sounds a lot like Bayshore, which is coming off a district-opening loss. Both the Bruins and Panthers enjoy the ground-and-pound philosophy, but Bayshore has proved it can throw when needed (see Lakewood Ranch victory). ... This week’s determining factor is who can limit the turnovers as both teams had more than a couple miscues last Friday.

The score: Bayshore 21, Fort Myers Cypress Lake 20.

Bradenton Christian (1-3 overall, 1-2 Class 2A (urban)-District 5) at St. Petersburg Canterbury (4-0, 3-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

The scoop: Bradenton Christian is in a downward spiral, and this week’s game against Canterbury has to be won if the Panthers have thoughts of playing in the postseason for the first time in program history. ... But to win, they’ll need to finish each quarter off. It was the end of last week’s first half that caused a headache for head coach Allan Gerber as his club gave up 16 points in one minute to fall behind 23-14 at the break to Largo Indian Rocks Christian. ... Canterbury enters the fray tied with IRC as district unbeatens, knocking off St. Pete Admiral Farragut two weeks ago in a monumental upset, 12-10. The Crusaders sport a single player that wreaks havoc to the opposition in tailback Brent O’Neal, much like IRC tight end Sean Culkin last week. O’Neal is coming off 251 rushing yards on only seven carries.

The score: Canterbury 27, BCS 24.

St. Petersburg Shorecrest Prep (1-3) at Saint Stephen’s (0-3)

Time: 4 p.m.

The scoop: The Chargers have a three-pronged running attack in Christian Mandula (286 yards), Alex Drexler (246 yards) and Garrett Schulte (249 yards). ... Shorecrest has scored 27 points this season and has been blanked twice. ... The Falcons return to Turner Fields after playing two games at Palma Sola Park. They will play two more at the park this year. ... Saint Stephen’s needs to shore up a run defense allowing 362.7 yards per game. ... WR Adam Vining has pulled in 16 catches and has kicked five extra points.

The score: Shorecrest Prep 28, Saint Stephen’s 14.

Fort Myers Evangelical Christian (4-0 overall, 2-0 Class 2A (urban)-District 6) at Out-of-Door Academy (3-1, 2-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

The scoop: This is the glamour game in 2A-6. Evangelical sports an unbeaten mark in district play. ... That shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone following the team as it has battled with ODA to determine the district championship the past two seasons. ... The Thunder have the weapons on offense, even with star playmaker Brian Ragone labeled a game-time decision by head coach Brett Timmons. ... What ODA needs is solid, fundamental defense to stop Evangelical’s attacking options like quarterback Tyler Viens. Last year’s 17-0 blown lead against the Sentinels coupled with last week’s classic trap game defeat to Naples St. John Neumann should give the Thunder the mind set to keep it close against their southern rivals.

The score: Fort Myers Evangelical Christian 24, ODA 17.

Cardinal Mooney (2-2) at Clearwater Central Catholic (3-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

The scoop: The Cougars have a go-to guy in Anthony Caiazzo (441 rushing yards, 6 TDs), while QB Sean McAdams has thrown for 536 yards. Caiazzo has scored seven TDs. ... Cardinal Mooney is averaging 22 points per game. ... The Crusaders like to run, as Justin Goodloe, Michael Stevenson and Blair Vaughn have rushed for three TDs each. ... Goodloe leads the way with 341 yards ... CCC has outscored opponents 82-13 during its three-game winning streak.

The score: CCC 21, Cardinal Mooney 14.

-- Herald sports writers John Lembo, Alan Dell, Jason Dill

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