Prep football | Friday's preview capsules

September 27, 2013 

Southeast (1-3) at Manatee (4-0)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

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


The scoop: The Seminoles have made a switch at QB, with Larry Woodard taking over for Jack Shinn. But this team runs through RB Courtney Allen, who paces public-school running backs in yards (562) and is second in the area in scoring (54 points) and scored five TDs last week. ... The Noles are the last Manatee County team to defeat Manatee, having done so in 2006. ... Southeast is allowing 345 yards of offense per game, ninth in the area. ... Demarquis Brice leads the team with nine catches. ... The Hurricanes have been stingy against the run, allowing an area-low 79 yards per game, but are yielding 146.9 through the air. ... Their offense (441.6) is tops in the area. ... RBs Johnnie Lang and Trevon Walters have teamed for 817 yards and 11 TDs. ... Walters and WR Brodrick Yancy will play this week after sitting out last week with ankle sprains. ... Manatee is ranked No.1 in the state in Class 8A and nationally-ranked by USA Today (23rd) and Rivals (18th).

Prediction: Manatee 35, Southeast 14.

Bayshore (1-3) at Palmetto (2-2)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

On the air: 1490-AM WPPR.

The scoop: The Bruins have a 1-2 rushing combo in QB Wesley Jackson (179 yards) and RB Dereck Williams (260 yards), with Williams ranked 10th in the area. ... Jackson has thrown for 398 yards, ninth in the area. ... Friday is Palmetto's homecoming. ... The Tigers have the area's best defense (211.5) among public schools. ... RB Josh Hicks, who splits time at safety, is fourth in the area in rushing (401 yards) and has scored seven times. ... DE Terry Collins has five sacks in the last two weeks. ... Palmetto is off next week.

Prediction: Palmetto 35, Bayshore 14.

Lakewood Ranch (2-2)at Punta Gorda Charlotte (2-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

The scoop: Coming off their emotional victory over archrival Braden River, Lakewood Ranch might have problems generating much energy for this non-district game against a good team in a tough environment. ... The play of the defensive line was the key to the Mustangs' victory last week. It shut down the Pirates' run game and forced them to go to the air too much, which resulted in critical turnovers. It's uncertain how that front four will do against a team that has a lot of athleticism and speed and was dominated last week in a 41-14 loss to Venice. ... The Tarpons' offense features running backs Marquell Platt and Jakhi Roberts and receiver Dwight Reynolds. Quarterback Brennan McGill is a threat to throw with 650 yards through the air and five touchdowns. He was near perfect in his first two games, but was sacked four times against Venice. ... The Tarpons have no problems scoring points, but their defense is questionable. ... The Lakewood Ranch secondary did a nice job last week, coming up with key turnovers, and might have to do the same thing this week. ... Mustangs quarterback Chad Rex had a career game when he accounted for more than 300 yards of offense with his arm and legs last week. To expect him to duplicate that on the road is asking a lot. But the Mustangs have a nice running threat in Justin Fischer, and hybrid player Wyatt McLeod is a load to bring down. ... Lakewood Ranch has been inconsistent and the intangibles are working against the Mustangs in this one. It has the potential to turn into a shootout.

Prediction: Charlotte 35, Lakewood Ranch 24.

Booker (2-1) at Braden River (2-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

The scoop: The matchup features two teams trying to rebound from disappointing seasons, though the similarity ends there. Booker has a long tradition of success. Braden River is building a tradition under second-year coach Curt Bradley, who has done a yeoman's job in getting this program back on its feet. ... The Pirates are coming off a disappointing loss to rival Lakewood Ranch, their fourth straight to the Mustangs. But the game was close and after winning only one game last year, that could provide a lot of spark. ... Dusty Peebles is maturing nicely as a quarterback for Braden River. But he will need some help from RB Titus Humphrey, who was shut down last week. ... The Pirates displayed a never-say-die attitude against Ranch, coming back from a 21-7 deficit to take the lead before losing. ... Booker is athletic and can be explosive, led by Marlon Mack, who ran for 168 yards in the Tornadoes' 37-17 win over Arcadia DeSoto last week. They can mix it up with quarterback Jeremiah Henderson, who threw for three touchdowns last week, including two to Shamyren Waters. The Pirates' defense will be tested and how it responds will show how much progress the program is making. This is another pick 'em game.

Prediction: Braden River 30, Booker 27.

Orlando First Academy (3-1)at IMG Academy (4-0)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

The scoop: It's no secret what the Royals like to do on offense. The Class 3A program enjoys running the ball and has done so at a 7.28-yard clip in four games. ... Leading that attack is junior Mason Plante, who has 362 rushing yards on just 31 carries. ... The Royals like to spread it around in their backfield, which includes four additional players with more than 100 rushing yards (senior Trypp Washington, senior Kwad Smith, junior Chase Cramer and sophomore Jordan Hylton). ... The Ascenders received another star performance from University of Alabama-bound RB Bo Scarbrough. The senior tallied 155 rushing yards, while accounting for five TDs -- four on the ground -- in a 47-23 victory at Ocala Trinity Catholic last week. ... It was the second straight week Scarbrough had at least four TDs. ... IMG's defense leads all area teams in allowing a paltry 94 rushing yards per game. ... Defense trumps offense in most cases and should here.

Prediction: IMG 38, Orlando First Academy 14.

Clearwater Calvary Christian (3-1) at Bradenton Christian (3-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

The scoop: After dusting off Saint Stephen's and Out-of-Door Academy in the first two weeks, the Warriors will look to knock off their third local private school Friday. ... Calvary Christian's offense exploded for 297 passing yards with 39 points last week against Tampa Carrollwood Day. That was the good news. The bad news was the defense allowed 60 points in a 60-39 defeat. ... Senior RB/LB Danny Giordano leads Calvary's power running game with 554 rushing yards (10.45 yards per carry). QB Conor Regan averages just 117 passing yards a game. ... Bradenton Christian's defense was gouged last week by St. Petersburg Canterbury for 37 points. ... The Panthers didn't score and will look to bounce back after suffering their first district loss last week.

Prediction: CCC 28, BCS 21.

Saint Stephen's (1-3) atSt. Petersburg Canterbury (4-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

The scoop: The Falcons have been outscored 87-6 since a 64-6 Week 2 win over Citrus Park Christian. ... Jordan Murrell leads the Falcons in rushing (209). ... Canterbury is fresh off a 37-0 district win over Bradenton Christian. ... Sammy Faucette had four TDs for Canterbury against the Panthers.

Prediction: St. Petersburg Canterbury 42, Saint Stephen's 7.

Tampa Catholic (3-1)at Cardinal Mooney (3-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

On the air: 1220-AM, 106.9-FM WSRQ.


The scoop: The Crusaders, ranked No. 2 in the latest Associated Press state poll, pulled off a huge Class 3A-District 4 victory last week, beating perennial playoff qualifier Fort Meade 39-13. ... Tampa Catholic has several physical runners, led by T.C. Harrell, who rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns last week, and Ben Reed, who rumbled for 147 yards and a score during a 27-3 victory over Tarpon Springs. ... The Crusaders have impressed Cardinal Mooney head coach Josh Smithers: "I think Tampa Catholic has a legitimate chance to make a run at a Class 3A state title. Win, lose or draw, we'll know where we stand among the state's best teams," Smithers said. ... The seventh-ranked Cougars are off to an impressive start of their own. ... After last week's 28-0 victory over Avon Park, the Cardinal Mooney defense has given up an average of 4.67 points and 147.7 yards per game, both area bests. Last week, the defense forced six turnovers. ... WR/CB Sean Morris showed his versatility last week, scoring on a 42-yard fumble recovery and a 50-yard touchdown pass. ... Cardinal Mooney can leave it all on the line this week. It is off next week before traveling to St. Petersburg Catholic on Oct. 11.

Prediction: Tampa Catholic 27, Cardinal Mooney 20.

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