Preview capsule | Manatee vs. St. Thomas Aquinas

December 7, 2012 

FRIDAY'S CLASS 7A STATE SEMIFINALManatee (13-0) at St. Thomas Aquinas (11-2)

Time: 7:30 p.m

On the air: 930-AM WLSS, 7 p.m.


Directions: From Bradenton, take Interstate 75 South and follow for about 210 miles to Exit 19 (I-595 E) and merge on to I-595 East toward Fort Lauderdale for 9.5 miles. Then merge on to 441 North and turn right on Davie Blvd/SR-736. Then take a left on SW 28th Avenue and another left SW 12th Street. School's address is 2801 SW 12th St.

The scoop: Friday night's winner plays either Tallahassee Lincoln or Kissimmee Osceola next week for the Class 7A state title. ... Manatee has won 25 straight games and is ranked No. 1 nationally by ESPN, MaxPreps and Rivals. ... The Hurricanes are 0-2 all-time at Aquinas. ... Cord Sandberg has thrown 34 TDs and 1 INT in 230 attempts while throwing for 2,462 yards. ... RB Trevon Walters (1,099 yards) gives Manatee its second 1,000-yard rusher in three years (Mike Blakely). ... Marquel Hines leads the Canes in receptions (39), but Ju Juan Pollock leads the team in TD catches (11). ... Manatee is averaging 51.8 points per game and allowing 10.8. ... The Raiders have won eight straight since a Week 5 overtime loss to Miramar. ... QB John O'Korn, a Houston commit, has thrown for 2,029 yards and 19 TDs in 233 attempts, while being picked off three times. He has 12 rushing TDs. ... RB Fred Coppet leads the team in rushing (1,154) and rushing TDs (15) and has offers from USF, Boston College, Indiana and Bowling Green, according to Rivals. ... WR Mark Barr, a Marshall commit, has 23 catches and a team-best five receiving TDs. ... DE Joey Bosa, who missed last week's game, has committed to Ohio State and is ranked the country's fourth-best strongside end by Rivals for the Class of 2013. ... OL Zach Provin (Colgate), Kyle Schafenacker (UCONN) and Austin Bland (FIU) have also committed. ... The Raiders have outscored teams 100-51 in the fourth quarter. ... Aquinas has won six state titles and was named prep national champion in 2008 and '10.


Coach: Joe Kinnan, 279-70, 28th season

Region: Region 3 champion


Coach: Rocco Casullo, 22-5, 2nd season

Region: Region 4 champion

Prediction: Manatee 35, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas 28

-- John Lembo, Herald sports writer

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